Illicit massage investigation wins national Murrow Award for NECIR, WGBH

A five-part radio series investigating illicit massage parlors in Massachusetts and across the United States earned the New England Center for Investigative Reporting and WGBH News a national Edward R. Murrow Award, among the most prestigious honors for broadcast and digital news.

The series reported by Phillip Martin and Jenifer McKim and edited by Aaron Schachter for WGBH radio, “The Business of Illicit Massage,” won Best Investigative Series, large market radio. McKim and Martin took a deep-dive look into the insidious illicit massage industry, focusing on the technology that promotes it and seldom heard stories of sex buyers and prostituted women. The story was accompanied by a print story, published in the Boston Globe. Hear and read the series.

Members of the reporting team will accept the award on behalf of NECIR and WGBH in October during the Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala in New York.

The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession of electronic journalism.

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit newsroom based at Boston University and WGBH News, seeks to expose injustice through investigative reporting and training. Learn more at