JW August

.submitbutton {text-align:center;}.storyAd{display:none;} J.W. August is the managing editor at 10News. For 29 years he’s worked at KGTV, beginning as the weekend assignment editor, then as a writer, producer, and later the senior producer for special projects and consumer investigations. He now oversees the 10News I-Team, the longest running investigative unit in the San Diego region.

The unit investigates everything and anything. They’ve reported on environmental issues, including: over-building in the Mission Valley floodplain, rocket fuel found in ground water, and excessive police secrecy. The team has reported on subjects rarely touched by broadcast news, such as bond measures for school districts, foreclosure scams, airport and air safety issues, waste in federal, state and local government, and a wide range of Internet schemes. And that’s just a sampling.

In his career, August has been recognized by the U.S. Attorneys Office for exposing fraud, received the public service award from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and numerous local advocacy groups have honored his work on behalf of the public, including the Environmental Health Coalition and San Diego Hunger Coalition.

National, state and local press and broadcast organizations have presented J.W. with more than 100 awards. The National Press Club recognized him for consumer reporting and Investigative Reporters and Editors recognized him for outstanding investigative reporting. He has won 24 Emmys for investigative reporting, writing, and journalistic enterprise. The San Diego Press Club and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences have recognized him for lifetime achievement in the news business.

The National Society of Professional Journalists honored August for his efforts to improve relations with civil and criminal courts, organizing media efforts to request a recount of ballots in a controversial mayoral race in San Diego, and for signing a ballot argument in support of an ordinance requiring city officials to show cause for closed meetings.

In his other life, August is immediate past president of Californians Aware, a nonprofit based in Sacramento which tracks local and state government agencies to see that they abide by California’s open records and open meetings laws. J.W. is also president of the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition, which advocates for victims of human trafficking.

Contact JW at JW_August@10news.com