The parking lots of North Texas are about to lose one of their most familiar TV presences.
Becky Oliver — the KDFW/Channel 4 investigative reporter known for her aggressive style of questioning and for parking-lot pursuits of businesspeople and others suspected of being unethical, corrupt and even criminal — is retiring June 29.
Oliver is ending her tenure at the station after nearly 25 years — she began at KDFW on March 11, 1991, when it was still a CBS affiliate (KDFW became a Fox station in 1994). There was more to her reporting than parking-lot chases, of course, but the image of the tall, tough Oliver and her crew pursuing her subjects is one that sticks. But she did this on behalf of viewers who had gotten the shaft, and got results. And when she got confrontational, it was often one of the climaxes of an investigation that had gone on for months.
According to Oliver’s Fox 4 bio, she has received — oh, let’s just pick up this paragraph: “Throughout the years our hard work has also been recognized with dozens of awards including: the National Headliner Award, National Associated Press Award, National Scripps Howard Foundation Award Finalist, National Education Writer's Association Award, 3 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, 20 EMMY Awards, 12 Dallas Press Club Awards, 2 Texas Headliner Awards, 11 Associated Press Awards, four Texas Gavel Awards and the 2003 Emmy for ‘Best Reporter.’ ”
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The list of her investigation subjects is exhaustive, but they include nursing-home abuses, airport-security problems, housing-title fraud, highway safety issues, mortgage fraud, Medicare billing abuses and charter schools.
Before KDFW, Oliver worked in Peoria, Ill., and in Phoenix. KDFW honored her Friday with a special, Fighting for You — 25 Years of Becky Oliver Investigations. You can watch the whole thing here and see about 30 of her investigative reports by going here. Below is the shortest segment from the Fighting for You special.