Team Behind the Number One True Crime Podcast BARDSTOWN Investigates the Mysterious Kidnapping and Murder of 10-year-old Amy Mihaljevic in October 1989
TYSONS, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) today announced the launch of Amy Should Be Forty, a five-episode podcast series by TEGNA’s VAULT Studios that chronicles the senseless kidnapping and murder of Amy Mihaljevic, a case that continues to draw national attention 30 years later.
On October 27, 1989, in the suburban Cleveland town of Bay Village, 10-year-old Amy Mihaljevic disappeared after receiving a phone call from someone claiming to be a friend of her mother and asking her to meet at a shopping plaza near her home. Her body was found months later, on February 8, 1990, in a field 50 miles away from where she was last seen. The VAULT team partnered with WKYC Studios, TEGNA’s NBC affiliate in Cleveland, to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding Amy’s murder and how new evidence and technological advances in DNA testing could help catch a killer who has been at large for three decades.
Investigative reporting for Amy Should Be Forty was led by Emmy Award-winning journalist Drew Horansky, senior reporter for WKYC Studios. A Cleveland native and co-host of the podcast, Horansky conducted in-depth interviews with law enforcement and family and friends of Amy Mihaljevic.
“Amy’s murder still haunts those of us who were living in the Cleveland area at the time,” said Horansky. “Amy Should Be Forty is about trying to make sense of a horrible tragedy and paying homage to a life full of promise that was cut far too short.”
The just-released trailer for Amy Should Be Forty is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Podbean, and TEGNA-owned digital sites. All five episodes of Amy Should Be Forty will be released on October 27.
“Amy Should Be Forty is the latest example of the high-quality content that results from the VAULT model of leveraging local TEGNA stations and journalists with roots in their communities to create impactful, informative and entertaining podcasts,” said Adam Ostrow, chief digital officer, TEGNA. “Since the launch of VAULT in March, we have steadily built a reputation as one of the premier podcast studios serving the rapidly growing audience of true crime podcast lovers.”
Amy Should Be Forty is the fifth production from TEGNA’s VAULT Studios this year. VAULT’s first podcast, BOMBER, reached Number 12 on Apple’s News & Politics charts in March. 88 Days: The Jayme Closs Story hit the Top Five in the True Crime category, while VAULT’s just-concluded BARDSTOWN reached Number One in True Crime and Number Two overall in Apple Podcasts. VAULT’s weekly series, True Crime Chronicles, is routinely among the top true crime podcasts.
For further coverage and information about the case, visit the WKYC Studios dedicated site.
About VAULT Studios
VAULT Studios is an in-house production and distribution studio that combines TEGNA’s vast archive of investigative reporting with modern digital storytelling to develop new, original, cross-platform content offerings. Created in 2019, VAULT’s initial slate of programming focuses on true crime, cold cases and unsolved mysteries from TEGNA’s 62 television stations in 51 markets. VAULT’s offerings are distributed on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, Podbean, and on TEGNA’s owned-and-operated digital platforms.
TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) is an innovative media company that serves the greater good of our communities. Across platforms, TEGNA tells empowering stories, conducts impactful investigations and delivers innovative marketing solutions. With 62 television stations and four radio stations in 51 markets, TEGNA is the largest owner of top 4 affiliates in the top 25 markets, reaching over 38 percent of all television households nationwide. TEGNA also owns leading multicast networks Justice Network and Quest. TEGNA Marketing Solutions (TMS) offers innovative solutions to help businesses reach consumers across television, email, social and over-the-top (OTT) platforms, including Premion, TEGNA’s OTT advertising service. For more information, visit www.TEGNA.com.
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