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SALT LAKE CITY — KSL reporter Jed Boal’s transportation coverage was recognized Sunday by the American Traffic Safety Services Association.
Boal, who has been at the station since 1999, received the National Media Award from the association for his “fair, balanced, and informative” reports about transportation-related issues, UDOT said in a press release.
“There are very few journalists in the entire country that are more fair, balanced and informative than Jed Boal of KSL-TV,” said UDOT public information officer John Gleason. “Jed is the kind of journalist who turns the stereotype of reporter on its head, all while making sure he’s still got the public’s right to know in mind.”
Boal holds a bachelor of arts in English and history as well as a master's in journalism from the University of Michigan. In 1993, he reported from Somalia as soldiers from Fort Benning worked to help repair the country's shattered roads and water systems.
Since coming to KSL, he has covered issues surrounding the military and veterans, transportation and public safety issues, in addition to breaking news.
“I’m honored to be recognized for the work that I’ve done and for the work that our station has done to promote a strong safety message and also innovation that helps lead to better safety on our roads in Utah,” Boal said.
“In Road to Zero, we’ve focused on the personal impact of fatalities on the roadways. Through telling the stories of real people and not treating fatalities as though they’re numbers, I think we’ve had a real impact on helping to drive down the fatality numbers. At the same time, there’s no more important time to double down on our efforts in this area because last year we saw an increase in fatalities in Utah.”