Morgan Loew was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.
Working at the Arizona Daily Wildcat during the early 1990’s gave me my first taste of “teamwork” in a newsroom. The musty darkroom in the basement of the Student Union witnessed panic, excitement, disappointment and extreme satisfaction – every afternoon! I will always remember that no matter what the problem was, and there were many, the photographers always had each other’s backs. If someone’s film didn’t develop properly, someone else was always there to say, “Don’t worry! I have a shot we can use.” It’s a quality I’ve tried to bring to each and every newsroom I’ve worked in since.
I’ll also always remember the first paycheck I received for working at the Wildcat. It was my first monetary reward for practicing journalism. Fifteen dollars per day never looked so good!
Morgan is an investigative reporter at KPHO-TV, the CBS affiliate in Phoenix. Since beginning his broadcast news career at KVOA-TV in Tucson, his reports have taken him from the school bus ride on the first day of kindergarten to the invasion of Iraq. Morgan’s undercover investigations have exposed human smuggling and sex trafficking in Mexico, vigilantes and white supremacists along the border, and crooked businesses in Phoenix. Over the years, Morgan’s work has been featured on CNN, NBC News, MSNBC and CBS News.
Morgan has won numerous journalism awards, including eight Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards, a regional Edward R. Murrow award for investigative reporting, and most recently he and his producer, Gilbert Zermeno, were named the best TV Journalists in Phoenix in the Phoenix New Times “Best of 2010” edition. The weekly tabloid cited the duo’s year-long investigation into Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, which chronicled accusations that the sheriff was using his office to target political opponents.
Morgan began his journalism career in the sixth grade, writing for his school paper. He worked for the Arizona Daily Wildcat as a photographer, is a graduate of the University of Arizona and Concord Law School, and is currently the vice president of the Arizona First Amendment Coalition.