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Longtime Omaha investigative journalist Joe Jordan is the Managing Editor and Investigative Reporter for Nebraska Watchdog.

Joe Jordan

Jordan has spent the past 40 years as a political and investigative reporter on both radio, television and the internet. He has worked in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and from 1980-today in Nebraska: 1980-2009 at KMTV Omaha, CBS and since 2009 with Nebraska Watchdog.

Having interviewed top newsmakers, including U.S. Presidents from Gerald Ford to Barack Obama, Jordan has the unique experience and qualifications to uncover, reveal and inform the public about important governmental issues.

He’s covered several national political conventions, along with seven Nebraska Governors and 11 Omaha Mayors.

Jordan has received numerous journalism awards including the Walter Cronkite Award for Political Journalism on Television and Columbia University’s Dupont Award for Investigations.

The Cronkite Award recognized Joe’s work in exposing a nationwide political scam. One of the country’s leading pharmaceutical companies, Pfizer, teamed up with several members of Congress to produce what was billed as a series of public service announcements for patients seeking prescription drugs at reduced prices. Realistically the ads, with on-camera appearances by the Congressmen, were nothing more than a campaign commercial and therefore a potentially illegal campaign contribution by Pfizer.

The prestigious Dupont Award recognized Joe’s work that uncovered extensive abuse of patients inside an Omaha area home for the physically and mentally handicapped.

Deena Winter is the State Capitol Bureau Chief for Nebraska Watchdog.

Deena Winter

Deena has been a journalist for about two decades—most recently with the Lincoln Journal Star.

She first tried journalism by working for the Associated Press during college, covering college hockey and football games, even though she knew nothing about the sports. After college, she briefly worked at a weekly newspaper called the Northwood Gleaner, where the senior reporter still tapped out stories on a typewriter. She worked at the Bismarck Tribune in North Dakota for many years, covering just about every beat they had, from state government to “cops and courts” to a bureau post.

Winter also briefly worked as a correspondent for the Denver Post in Colorado Springs before leaving to take a job as city editor in North Dakota. She began working for the Lincoln Journal Star in Nebraska in late 2004, and covered city government until late 2010. She then launched her own news blog called Winterized before joining Nebraska Watchdog in October 2011.

Winter has won numerous journalism awards during her career, including four first-place finishes in reporting in the North Dakota Newspaper Association contest and an honorable mention in the National Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest for her series about North Dakota’s juvenile justice system.

Although it didn’t win any prizes, she thinks the best story she ever wrote was about the federal government accidentally sending a North Dakota farmer a $2 million check. He gave it back. But not before framing a copy of it.


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