Journalist Ryan Kath of CBS Boston and his team have earned an Edward R. Murrow Award for their coverage of last year's James Swan scandal. The design podcaster had been accused of ripping off a Boston-area nonprofit as well as a number of other interior design clients throughout the United States.
The station won the regional Murrow Award for their investigation into Swan, as well winning the 2018 Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in the Northeast region. Now, they advance to the national award competition. The Radio Television Digital News Association has been recognizing broadcast and digital journalism winners with the awards since 1971.
All Dorchester Sports League (ADSL), which offers after-school programs to low-income children, had contacted journalist Kath and the local news channel, asking for help in recovering funds taken by Swan. Interior designers rallied in response, raising over $26,000 for the charity at the heart of the scandal. (The group’s initial goal was $7,000 to cover the debt Swan owed the nonprofit.)
Kath later reported, in January of this year, that Swan had repaid his debt to the youth nonprofit, noting that Candice Gartley, executive director of the nonprofit, had received a cashier’s check for $6,500. The website for Swan's podcast, Million Dollar Decorating, has since been taken down.