Chief Investigative Reporter Darcy Spears has won multiple Emmys, Edward R. Murrow awards and Associated Press awards on both a national and local scale for her unparalleled journalism.
Darcy's most recent honors were in 2013 for Journalistic Enterprise, for stories she did in 2012. The entry included stories she did on the Quest Academy charter school misspending public money, hunters paying to participate in organized coyote massacres called "varmint hunts;" one of our HOA Hall of Shame stories where a homeowner received death threats; a woman who was retaliated against and bullied by her neighbor after turning in his son for drowning two newborn kittens in a cup of water; and a special needs teacher who'd been fighting Bank of America to keep her home.
This brings Darcy's Emmy total to lucky number 13.
Darcy also recently won a National Press Club honorable mention for her series on animal trapping.
In past years, some of Darcy's other awards include an Associated Press Mark Twain award for her ongoing "HOA Hall of Shame" coverage and three Genesis Award nominations for her animal welfare investigations.
Other Emmys she's won were for reports entitled "Foster Care Nightmare," an emotional story of a family ripped apart by the Clark County Foster Care System. She won another for her series of "You Paid For It" investigations into school spending. Darcy's other Emmys were for her investigation into allegations of deceptive trade practices at the auto repair chain Tire Works; for her story on fire guards who were paid to watch portable school classrooms in case they caught on fire; and for an emotional story chronicling how the death of 58-year-old Jimmy Comito showcased the failure of our valley's medical system to provide critical care.
Darcy's most recent honor is the 2013 Genesis Award for Outstanding Local News for her 3-part series, "Deadly Force Against Dogs: When Police Kill Pets."
She's been investigating Las Vegas for 17 years and her stories have changed lives, laws and taught lessons to those who would do wrong.
Darcy's work has protected taxpayers, exposed government malfeasance, shined a spotlight on daycare dangers, air pollution and medical malpractice.
She even got the El Rancho torn down, a Las Vegas landmark-turned-eyesore that was secretly being used as a front for a world-wide investment scam right under the noses of County regulators.
Darcy has wanted to be a journalist since childhood.
She attended the University of California, Berkeley where she received a B.A. in Mass Communications and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, where she earned her Masters Degree in Broadcast Journalism.
She hails from Los Angeles, CA and worked at CBS in Chicago before relocating to Las Vegas.