NBC 6 South Florida announced that it will partner with the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting to produce more local, in-depth investigations.  The partnership will include developing stories, conducting research and investigations, sharing content, and cross-linking websites.

“Since its launch, the Team 6 Investigators unit has been busy enterprising stories and shining a spotlight on issues that affect South Florida,” said Manuel Martinez, NBC 6 president and general manager.  “This new partnership with Florida Center for Investigative Reporting will strengthen our ability to focus attention on more diverse investigations that are important to our viewers and the community we serve.”

“We’re thrilled about the partnership with NBC 6 South Florida as it enhances our accountability reporting mission,” said Sharon Rosenhause, president of the board of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.  “From the start, FCIR has been about collaboration, and this relationship is truly an opportunity for us to help produce more public service journalism and to expand our reach across Florida with two of the state’s important journalism organizations — NBC 6 and its Telemundo sister station.”

The NBC 6 consumer and investigative unit launched in 2012 with a mission of getting answers to issues and concerns for South Florida residents.  The team serves as a viewer advocacy voice committed to the public interest — uncovering the truth, exposing fraud and acting as a consumer watchdog.  The members of the Team 6 Investigators unit include Willard Shepard, Myriam Masihy, Diana Gonzalez and Trina Robinson.

This partnership with Florida Center for Investigative Reporting is the result of NBC’s longstanding commitment to localism and is the sixth such agreement in the NBC Owned Stations division.  Similar agreements exist in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and San Diego.

Founded in 2010, Florida Center for Investigative Reporting is a nonprofit, digital and bilingual news organization working to expose corruption, waste and injustice. The staff of journalists at Florida Center for Investigative Reporting is dedicated to producing investigative pieces that uphold high standards of fairness and accuracy. Among the numerous awards FCIR received in 2012 are the National Headliner Awards, Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Contest, National Awards for Education Reporting and Green Eyeshade Awards.

NBC 6 South Florida/WTVJ is the NBC-owned station serving Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties.  NBC 6 was Florida’s first television station and has been covering news in South Florida for more than 60 years. WTVJ was founded on three basic principles: commitment to the community, excellence in journalism, and pioneering and innovation. Today, NBC 6 produces more than 30 hours of local news and programming per week, delivers dynamic multi-platform content on NBC6.com and COZI-TV, and continues its commitment to the community by cultivating local partnerships and capturing the diversity of South Florida.

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  1. Rafael A. Mendoza

    I have a story of Injustice, a personal story of fraud, deception, and false advertising, when I purchased real estate training from Mr. Armando Montelongo, Real Estate Mogul, who committed fraud by not providing the advertised services and who first offered a “free” seminar, then sold me a 3-day real estate seminar for $1496, then, during that seminar, offered to sell a “VIP Power Team” or “Bus Tour” for a price of up to $51.000!!
    I came to know Mr. Montelongo, dba “Performance Advantage Group, Inc., by way of a TV Infomercial, which adverstised a “free” seminar about real estate, then used it as a trampoline to sell their 3-day real estate seminar for $1496, which I purchased and completed, but was not provided the tools to successfully flip real estate properties for a profit, as it was more motivational in nature.
    Mr. Montelongo and his hucksters used high pressure sales and “bait-and-switch” tactics to sell their imfamous “Bus Tour” to access the “VIP Power Team,” described as “a must” to be “a successful entrepreneur.” As such, I felt victimized and taken by Mr. Montelongo, as he used his position and money to buy and use false advertising to commit fraud. I am a retired senior who will be 64 years old this month and wanted to find a way to earn income supplemental to Social Security income. Had Mr. Montelongo and his business associates disclosed his intentions to sell a VIP BUS TOUR for exhorbitant prices, I would not have purchased the seminar. During the TV infomercial and during the free seminar, Mr. Montelongo failed to provide this necessary disclosure and he is guilty of misrepresentation. Therefore, I demand that he refund the $1496 tuition I paid, but he has ignored my attorney’s letter and his Customer Service representatives have not returned my multiple telephone calls. It would seem appropriate that this story well suits your motto/goal to “expose corruption, waste, and injustice.” Thank you for your consideration.


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