Honoring the excellence in local news coverage, specifically Long Island reporting, the Folio Awards were presented Friday by the Fair Media Council. Veteran WCBS/Channel 2 Long Island correspondent Jennifer McLogan won five Folios.
The event at the lavish Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, started after the National Anthem was sung by Merrick native Robbie Rosen, a semifinalist in this year’s American Idol.
In a somewhat odd pairing, at least on paper, the co-hosts were WPIX anchors (not at the same time) Jodi Applegate and Jim Watkins.
But if you expected to see any awkwardness–forget it. Actually, they had terrific chemistry. Watkins bounced off Applegate as though they’ve worked together for years. While it’s unlikely that he was auditioning for a 10 p.m. co-anchor slot, Watkins was downright funny. Regardless, it was a breath of fresh air coming on the heels of such a serious news week.
Other Folio winners include:
- Investigative Journalism in Regularly Scheduled Newscast—WABC-TV’s Sarah Wallace (The New War on Heroin)
- Best Feature Story Long Form–Heroin Hits Long Island: A MetroFocus Special, WNET
- Best Enterprise Reporting–WNBC’s Andrew Siff (Good Will Garbage)
- Economic, Business, or Consumer Issues–WPIX’s Rob Hoell (Broken Meters)
- Continuing News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Radio Newscast–WCBS-AM reporters Sophia Hall and Mike Xirinachs (Spring Floods on Long Island)