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Heather Catallo named 2020 McCree Journalism Award winner for investigation into Michigan guardianship

Heather Catallo
Posted at 9:18 PM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 21:20:52-04

(WXYZ) — 7 Investigator Heather Catallo has been named one of three winners of the 2020 McCree Journalism Award for her investigative journalism into Michigan guardianship cases.

The 45th annual Wade H. McCree Advancement of Justice Awards, which is sponsored by the Michigan Press Association Foundation, looks at journalism projects that examined, explained and exposed problems and issues within law enforcement and the legal system.

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Catallo, along with her team – videographer Johnny Sartin and editor Randy Lundquist – were recognized for the in-depth investigation, “Guardianship Epidemic: I just want my parents back.”

"Her reporting showed that as baby boomers age, guardianship abuse is increasingly becoming a bigger problem across the country," the judges said of Catallo's work.

The work of McCree Journalism Award winners has impacted change while improving legal and law enforcement systems.

The award will be presented at the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame ceremony normally held in the spring, but will occur at a later date.

View more of Catallo's investigative reporting here.