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Investigated Reporting

Muckrakers, Regulators, and the Struggle over Television Documentary
Awards and Recognition:

Recipient of the Frank Luther Mott--Kappa Tau Alpha Research Award at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication meeting (2006); Recipient of the 2006 History Division Book Award of the AEJMC; and winner of the 2005 Donald McGannon Award for Social and Ethical Relevance in Communications Policy Research.

Unearthing the close collaboration between government television's early muckrakers

Investigated Reporting is Chad Raphael's ambitious exploration of the relationship between journalism and regulation during American television's first sustained period of muckraking, between 1960 and 1975. Offering new and important insights into the economic, political, and industrial forces that shaped documentaries such as Harvest of Shame, Hunger in America, and Banks and the Poor, Raphael puts investigative television documentary into its institutional, regulatory, and cultural context.

Those who see investigative reporting as a watchdog on government will be surprised to find that these controversial reports relied heavily on official sources for inspiration, information, and regulatory protection from muckraking's critics. Based on superb historical research using primary sources, including recently opened papers from the Nixon White House, Raphael exposes the complex play of influence through which investigative documentaries were both shaped and attacked by government officials, and highlights the troubling legacy for contemporary regulation of television news.


"An insightful and valuable book about the history of television documentaries. It's a winner."--Journalism History

"This historically and conceptually rich account of fifteen years of television network investigative reporting adds in vitally important ways to our knowledge and understanding of how journalism works and what role it plays in a democratic society."--Ted Glasser, coauthor of Custodians of Conscience: Investigative Journalism and Public Virtue

“At once an imaginative history of ’60s television and a judicious reassessment of critical social theory regarding the politics of television news, Investigated Reporting examines some of the most controversial programs in the history of television, showing how the boundaries of acceptable journalism were negotiated during a momentous era of social and political controversy. Creative, incisive, and thorough, Raphael’s analysis makes a truly significant contribution to our understanding of complex social and institutional relations that shape the flow of images and ideas on television.”--Michael J. Curtin, author of Redeeming the Wasteland: Television Documentary and Cold War Politics

"Investigated Reporting is an excellent, ambitious work that both attempts and achieves much. With stunning breadth and erudition, Raphael effectively places the 1960s and 1970s investigative television documentary into context and offers very important insights into the forces that shaped the genre, as well as the effects of these documentaries on social and political issues."--Thomas Rosteck, author of See It Now Confronts McCarthyism: Television Documentary and the Politics of Representation


Chad Raphael is an associate professor of communication at Santa Clara University.

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