Login  /  Register  | 3 premium articles left before you must register.

Day reporter recognized for investigation into Norwich landlord

Day Staff

Publication: theday.com

Published October 11. 2012 3:00PM   Updated October 12. 2012 12:10AM

Natick, Mass. — Claire Bessette received a Publick Occurrences Award Thursday from the New England Newspaper & Press Association for her investigation of a Norwich landlord.

The award, given annually, was established in 1990 to recognize individual and team merit at New England newspapers to mark the 300th anniversary of the founding of Publick Occurrences, the first newspaper published in America.

Bessette's investigation showed that for the last three years, Zane Megos had taken deposits from people for rental units in condemned buildings. They often took their complaints to police, small claims court, the Better Business Bureau and the state attorney general but were unable to get their money back.

After the publication of Bessette's two-day series on May 6 and 7, 2012, the state Department of Consumer Protection and the Internal Revenue Service opened investigations into Megos, and Megos was arrested in June.

The judges lauded Bessette for her "dogged digging" and cited the series for its "positive results."

The Day was also recognized as a distinguished newspaper in the weekday category for newspapers under 35,000 circulation.

The awards were presented at the organization's fall conference in Natick, Mass.

Town News

Visit Zip06
Submit Your:  Submit Your News Submit Your Photos Submit Your Events
Most Recent Poll
Mitt Romney and other conservatives have called for the end of government subsidies to public broadcasting. Do you think tax dollars should go to PBS and NPR?
Yes, it's a public service that enriches our lives and deepens our understanding of issues.
19%
Yes, it's a minuscule fraction of our budget. This is a silly conservative talking point, not a real issue.
27%
No, my tax dollars shouldn't go to paying the salaries of liberals at NPR and PBS.
18%
No, I love public broadcasting but I think these organizations are capable of supporting themselves.
36%
Number of votes: 1184

No current items found