Jamie Satterfield, one of East Tennessee’s most respected journalists, goes behind the scenes of her award-winning investigation of “The Expendables” — what happened to the Kingston coal ash disaster relief workers, and why. Eleven years after the nation’s largest coal ash spill, 44 clean-up workers are dead, and more than 400 are sick.
Jamie Satterfield is an award-winning investigative journalist and podcast producer for the Knoxville News Sentinel. She has appeared in dozens of crime documentaries and has made appearances on CNN, Headline News, Fox News, NPR and other national news broadcasts. She most recently won journalism’s second highest honor – a Scripps Howard award for her investigative work into the mass poisoning of hundreds of blue collar laborers who cleaned up TVA’s massive coal ash spill in Kingston in 2008. She was inducted this year into the East Tennessee Writer’s Hall of Fame. A widow and mother of two adult children – a lawyer and a musician – she started her career at the Mountain Press newspaper in Sevierville, where she still lives, in 1988 and joined the News Sentinel in 1994.