An award-winning television journalist will return to his hometown to speak at William Woods University. Investigative reporter John Ferrugia will address students and the community as part of the President’s Concert and Lecture Series.
The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 24 in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center. It is free and open to the public.
Originally from Fulton, Ferrugia is Denver’s most recognized and respected investigative reporter. He also contributes to national broadcasts for both ABC News and CNN.
His investigation into sexual assaults of female cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy uncovered a national scandal. It has resulted the firing of the Academy leadership and caused both military and congressional investigations which have concluded with major changes aimed at changing the climate and culture of the Academy.
The investigation has also caused a complete review by the Department of Defense of the handling of reported sexual assaults at all the nation’s service academies.
Ferrugia has twice received the most prestigious recognition in broadcasting, the George Foster Peabody Award. He has also been honored with the Dupont Columbia Award; a national Investigative Reporters and Editors award; the National Headliner Award; the national award from Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ); and several Emmy Awards, all for investigative reporting.
He has also received five Associated Press Broadcasting Awards; awards from both the Missouri Broadcasters Association and the Colorado Broadcasters Association for his investigative reporting. He has also won the prestigious McGraw-Hill Award for Editorial Excellence three times.
Ferrugia joined KMGH-TV in 1992, continuing an award-winning career in television journalism that has taken him from the Great Wall in China, to war-torn Beirut, to Vatican City.
In 1980, Ferrugia was in Washington for CBS News, covering the presidential inauguration of Ronald Reagan. And then, the next year covered the President’s attempted assassination, spending the night of the shooting reporting from the White House.
In 1982, he was covering the war in Beirut and upon his return was assigned to the Justice Department
Later that year, Ferrugia was named a White House correspondent. For the next three years he traveled the world with President Reagan. He covered the 40th anniversary of the D-Day invasion on the beaches of Normandy, and the economic summits in London and Williamsburg.
He also walked the Great Wall of China with Reagan, filed reports from the “southern summit” in Brasilia, Brazil, and from the Demilitarized Zone in South Korea.
In 1985, he was named a principal anchor for the CBS News prime time magazine, “West 57th,” traveling the world and covering important national and international issues, including the war in Afghanistan.
In 1989, he joined KCNC-TV in Denver, then the NBC-owned and operated station, to anchor news and three years later joined KMGH-TV, where he developed his signature report: “The Ferrugia File.”
In addition to his investigative reporting, Ferrugia has covered major stories for KMGH, including national political campaigns; the national political conventions; the Pope’s trip to North and Central America in 1993; and the Oklahoma City bombing trials of both Tim McVeigh and Terry Nichols. He also won an Emmy for his coverage of humanitarian food drops over Afghanistan in 2001 during the first weeks of the war.
Ferrugia graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1975. He and his wife, Mona, are both from Fulton. They have two sons, Jonathan and Justin, and reside in Denver.