The Michigan Muslim Community Council honored WXYZ-TV and Investigative Reporter Simon Shaykhet with its "Fairness In Media Award" Sunday night. The award is given to an individual and news outlet exhibiting a willingness to use honest and fair reporting to tell the story of the community.
The station and Simon Shaykhet were also recognized for their recent work on a series of special reports titled Muslim American: Inside a growing Michigan community.
The series was a team effort: Digital Reporter Alexandra Bahou and Photographer Editor Johnny Sartin were also part of the collaboration.
During the exclusive report, several aspects of the community were covered, including the history of Dearborn, education about Islam, holy month of Ramadan, and fear and discrimination. Above all, the series gave a unique perspective into what it means to be Muslim American.
"It's a great honor for WXYZ-TV and we are so proud of Simon Shaykhet and the rest of the team who worked so hard on this project" said General Manager Mike Murri. He added "This award is truly special, and shows the commitment we have to being fair and truthful, especially at a time when news outlets are being questioned for their fairness."