Chief Investigative Reporter Darcy Spears has won multiple Emmy's, Edward R. Murrow awards and Associated Press awards on both a national and local scale for her unparalleled journalism.
Now a twelve-time Emmy winner, Darcy's most recent honors came in June, 2012 when she took home three Emmys. One was for her reports entitled "Foster Care Nightmare" - the emotional story of a family ripped apart by the Clark County foster care system, which many have said is dysfunctional and even broken. She won another for her series of "You Paid For It" investigations into school spending, which examined how the Clark County School District spent more than $1 million dollars on iPads--mostly for administrators--over a six month period. Another focused on the district's school police buying brand new uniforms, high powered weapons and badges --all in the midst of a budget crisis. And the third looked into the district's Datacast system--a communications system supposed to help police in an emergency, but which officers say simply doesn't work. Her final honor was in the Journalistic Enterprise category for her body of work over the 2011 calendar year.
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 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.
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.