10 Local Stations Win SPJ Awards

By Merrill Knox 

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Several local stations have won Sigma Delta Chi awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Awards were given to a small-market and large-market station in five categories — breaking news coverage, documentaries, feature reporting, investigative reporting and public service in television journalism.

Large market winners were WISH in Indianapolis, KLAS in Las Vegas, News 12 Westchester, KPHO in Phoenix and WIVB in Buffalo. Small market station winners were WGXA in Macon, GA, KOMU in Columbia, KCRG in Cedar Rapids, WVUE in New Orleans and WTWO in Terre Haute, IN.

A full list of local news winners is after the jump.

Breaking News Coverage (Large-Market Station 1-50)
State Fair tragedy – by 24-Hour News 8 Staff, WISH-TV (Indianapolis)

Breaking News Coverage (Small-Market Station 51+)
Giddings homicide investigation – by Michelle Quesada and Tyler Southard, WGXA NewsCentral FOX24/ABC16 (Macon, Ga.)

Documentaries (Large-Market Station 1-50)
Desert underwater – by Staff, KLAS-TV (Las Vegas)

Documentaries (Small-Market Station 51+)
32 minutes in May – by Michelle Bogowith and Jim Riek, KOMU-TV 8 (Columbia, Mo.)

Feature Reporting (Large-Market Station 1-50)
When cultures clash – by Tara Rosenblum, Jack Kearney, Gina Curran & Eric Leeds, News 12 Westchester (New York)

Feature Reporting (Small-Market Station 51+)
15 days: A soldier’s journey home – by Mark Geary, Erik Arendt and Liz Martin, KCRG-TV9 (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)

Investigative Reporting (Large-Market Station 1-50)
Toxic secrets – by Tammy Leitner and David L. Paredes, KPHO – CBS 5 News (Phoenix)

Investigative Reporting (Small-Market Station, 51+)
Hiding behind the badge – by Lee Zurik, Donny Pearce, Greg Phillips and Mikel Schaefer, WVUE-TV (New Orleans)

Public Service in Television Journalism (Large-Market Station 1-50)
Bully Project – by News 4 Team, WIVB-TV (Buffalo, N.Y.)

Public Service in Television Journalism (Small-Market Station 51+)
Recording police illegal – by Patrick Fazio, Bob Bruce and Tony Grant, WTWO-TV (Terre Haute, Ind.)