Andy Pierrotti joined the KVUE Defenders investigative team in July 2012.
He's an accomplished journalist recognized with awards and fellowships from the George Foster Peabody organization, the Lone Star Emmy Chapter, Texas Broadcasters Association, Headliners Foundation of Texas, Radio Television News Directors Association (RTNDA), Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) South Florida chapter, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) and the John Jay Criminal Justice College in New York City.
Since joining KVUE, he's been nominated for six Emmys. In 2014, he won an Emmy for a documentary he produced about a broken foreign adoption system. During that time, he also won four awards from the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters, was recognized by the Headliners Foundation of Texas and named a finalist for a National Scripts Howard Award.
Andy has produced three 30 minute investigative documentaries while at KVUE News. Children Left Behind exposed a broken foreign adoption system where Andy found children stuck in orphanages, despite having parents in the U.S. The Cost of Troubled Minds won a George Foster Peabody award for uncovering a mental health crisis in Texas. It explained how the state's lack of resources, funding and experts cost taxpayers millions a year.
In 2012, Andy won a national Edward R. Murrow award for exposing welfare fraud and a regional Murrow for uncovering illegal horse slaughtering farms in Florida.
Most of Andy's stories focus on government accountability and consumer advocacy, with an emphasis on tracking viewers' tax dollars, safety, health and well-being.
He comes to Austin from Southwest Florida, but he grew up just outside of Charleston, S.C.
If you have an investigative story you want Andy to tackle, please call or email him.