Indian-Canadian of Sikh origin wins Emmy Award for Investigative Journalism

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Indian-Canadian of Sikh origin Prabjot (PJ) Kaur Randhawa wins the Emmy Award in Investigative Journalism. (Courtesy: Facebook)

Prabjot (PJ) Kaur Randhawa, an Indian-Canadian of Sikh origin, has won an Emmy Award for Investigative Journalism in the Health & Science category regarding her report on prescription medications errors.

Randhawa, who has been an investigative reporter at KSDK NBC in St. Louis, Missouri, since 2015, reported on large chain pharmacies that allegedly put profit over safety by requiring pharmacists to fill more prescriptions per hour, resulting in a large number of customers going home with the wrong medication.

Also, as a part of her investigation, Randhawa questioned the state Pharmacy board.

According to KSDK’s press release, the news agency walked away with a total of 11 Emmys. “Our journalists take great care with every detail to provide in-depth, compelling coverage of the issues that matter most to this community,” News Director Tiffani Lupenski is quoted saying in the press release, adding, “It’s rewarding to see that passion for quality storytelling recognized by our peers in the industry.”

“An unforgettable evening celebrating many wins at the Emmy Awards with my awesome work family!” Randhawa says on Facebook Sept. 23. She posted her Emmy speech on Facebook, (https://www.facebook.com/PJRreports/videos/330953730799377/) saying, “My Emmy award acceptance speech! Everything good I achieve in my life is for my parents who passed away too young” accompanied by a heart emoji.

Randhawa is quoted saying in news reports that she believes that it is her “duty to uncover practices that can hurt or take advantage of the public” and wants “people who read or watch my stories to come away with information that can benefit their families, and enrich the quality of their lives.”

Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada, Randhawa is a graduate of DePaul University, Chicago, where she earned her Master’s degree in journalism. After that she worked as a Morning News Anchor at the ABC TV affiliate in Rapid City, South Dakota;an Investigative Reporter for NBC TV in Columbia, South Carolina, before joining KSDK NBC in St. Louis.

In 2013, she received the World Sikh Award for her political reporting as well as the 2014 School Bell Award for her reporting in the field of Education, according to Sikh Siyasat News.

Along with being an Emmy Nominee, four times, Randhawa was also nominated for a Missouri Broadcasters Award, this year, according to thelinknewspaper.ca.

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