Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas (RTDNAC) and the Associated Press (AP) presented their 2015 awards over the weekend, and WRAL came home a big winner. WRAL-TV brought home 17 total awards, 10 of them first place honors. The station once again received AP award for NC Outstanding News Operation, making WRAL the winner in that category for 8 of the last 10 years.
The RTDNAC and AP awards competition recognizes the best of TV, radio, website and collegiate work. The 2015 winners were announced at the RTDNAC/AP convention and awards luncheon held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, November 7, 2015. Several WRAL staffers were on hand for the presentation.
And the WRAL-TV winners are:
FIRST PLACE AP AWARDS
FIRST PLACE RTDNAC AWARDS
- Best Newscast, WRAL — February Snow 2015 — Miriam K. Melvin, Keyetta Mangum
- Education, WRAL — Bullying — Amanda Lamb, Chad Flowers, Tom Normanly
- News Documentary, WRAL — Climate Change — Greg Fishel, Nate Johnson, Richard Adkins, Waliya Lari, Steve Loyd
- Online Coverage, WRAL — Convertibles, Beer Tubes, Spa: Auditors Probe Granville Schools’ Spending — Kelly Hinchcliffe, Cullen Browder, Randall Kerr, Greg Clark
- Original Web Reporting, WRAL — The Final Days of Michael Kerr — Tyler Dukes
- Special Report, WRAL — Dean Smith: Coaching Legend — Randall Kerr, James Ford, Jeff Gravley, David Crabtree, Debra Morgan
- Spot News, WRAL — Black Lives Matter — Ken Smith, Mark Simpson, Lori Grant, Kevin Davis, Jason Knight
- TV News Anchor of the Year, Debra Morgan, WRAL
SECOND PLACE AP AWARDS
SECOND PLACE RTDNAC AWARDS
- News Documentary, WRAL — Journey Alone — Leyla Santiago, Zac Gooch, Aysu Basaran, Steve Loyd, Kelly Hinchcliffe
- News Website, WRAL — WRAL.com
- Original Web Reporting, WRAL — ‘Wife Said No:’ Wake Shelter Records Show Why Animals Are Returned — Kelly Hinchcliffe
- Political, WRAL — 2014 Mid-Term Elections
- TV News Anchor Team of the Year, WRAL — Debra Morgan and Gerald Owens
- TV News Photographer of the Year, WRAL — Zac Gooch
Find a full list of winners on RTNDAC website: http://rtdnac.org/awards/
Read Greg Fishel’s take on the News Documentary Award for ‘Climate Change’ on the WeatherCenter blog: Fishel’s Quest wins award, continues climate change discussion
Thanks to WRAL-TV’s Miriam Melvin, Chad Flowers, Debra Morgan & Amanda Lamb for these capcom photos.