WRAL-TV Named Outstanding News Operation by North Carolina Associated Press Broadcaster’s Association
The top-rated station in Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville won six first place honors at the NCAPBA awards presentation, including Outstanding News Operation.
WRAL-TV has won the Outstanding News Operation honor five of the last seven years.
“It’s certainly an honor to be recognized for our overall work, which reflects a long-standing commitment to provide timely, relevant, and in-depth news coverage on a daily basis,” said WRAL News Director Rick Gall. “I couldn’t be more proud of our talented and dedicated staff. They never rest in the quest for excellence.”
The station’s coverage of the devastating April 2011 tornadoes was honored in the Best Weather and Spot News categories.
WRAL.com won for Best Website, its second win in three years in the category.
“We are pleased that the AP has once again chosen to recognize the hard work of our staff,” said WRAL.com General Manager John Conway. “We have a dedicated team of journalists who work around the clock to provide timely, reliable and accurate coverage of our community and state.”
WRAL’s consumer advocate unit, 5 On Your Side, won the Best Consumer Report category for its investigation into the safety of flea medications.
Reporter Bryan Mims was honored for Best News Writing.
WRAL-TV also received six honorable mentions including enterprise documentary, general news, news series, news writing and sports feature.
Earlier this year, WRAL-TV and WRAL.com were honored with four regional Edward R. Murrow Awards and regional Emmy awards in 12 categories, including News Excellence, the highest honor in the MidSouth Region.
Steven D. Hammel, WRAL-TV Vice President and General Manager said, “2011 was an extraordinary year of challenges for the people of North Carolina, recovering from deadly tornadoes and immense flooding. It is in these times that local television defines itself. I am pleased the judges saw what our viewers see year round: we’re working hard to serve our communities.”
Here, again, are WRAL-TV’s winning entries, along with the staffers responsible:
|Outstanding News Operation
|Best Consumer Report
5 On Your Side Investigates: Flea Medication
Monica Laliberte & David McCorkle
|Best News Writing
Mike Maze & Nate Johnson
Best Spot News
|Best News Writing
Tar Heel Traveler Scott Mason
Changes in Chapel Hill
On the Edge
Clay Johnson & Jay Jennings
Bryan Mims & Michael Joyner
|Best Sports Feature
Thanks to WRAL-TV’s Debbie Tullos for this capcom story.