The North Carolina Association of Broadcasters (NCAB) honored WRAL-TV with multiple awards at its annual luncheon on June 15, 2017.
Hall of Fame: WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel
According to the NCAB, the Hall of Fame Award “…is designed to recognize and honor persons who have contributed to the broadcast industry in NC in the past or over an extended period of time.” WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel is the first meteorologist in decades to receive this honor in North Carolina.
Fishel joined WRAL-TV as a meteorologist in 1981. He was the first certified broadcast meteorologist in the United States. Over the course of his current 37-year tenure at WRAL-TV, he has received numerous awards and recognition. A few highlights: National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Midsouth Regional Emmy Award, American Meteorological Society (AMS) award for broadcast excellence, AMS Seal of Approval for television and radio. Fishel has also served as a member of the broadcast board of the AMS, and member of advisory commissions for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and the state Climate Office of North Carolina.
Distinguished Service Award – Steven D. Hammel, WRAL-TV & FOX 50 Vice President & General Manager
According to the NCAB, the Distinguished Service Award “…recognizes service to the Association in addition to the broadcast industry.” This year’s recipient is Steven D. Hammel, Vice President & General Manager of WRAL-TV and WRAZ-TV in Raleigh, NC.
Hammel joined Capitol Broadcasting Company in 2008. Before that, he served stations in Arizona, Missouri, New York, Texas and Pennsylvania. He is a past president of the NCAB and has served on the boards of the National Association of Broadcasters, the University of North Carolina School of Journalism and the CBS Affiliate Board. In addition to his work in broadcasting, his community involvement currently includes the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. He previously served as Chariman, Anti-Defamation League – Arizona Region; Executive Board, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce; Executive Board, Maricopa County Volunteer Center; and board member, Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism Foundation.
Outstanding Sports Story or Series: WRAL-TV for “NC State Swimmer Wins Olympic Gold”
Summer 2016 marked WRAL’s entry into Olympic Games coverage after becoming an NBC affiliate in February 2016. This winning entry featured WRAL’s coverage of Ryan Held, a North Carolina State University swimmer, winning a gold medal at the Olympics in Rio.
Best News Anchor: Debra Morgan WRAL-TV
Debra Morgan joined WRAL News in 1990. Her dedication and compassion show in every newscast. In 2016, her outstanding coverage of Hurricane Matthew in North Carolina stood out, exemplifying the important role of local news in local communities.
Community Involvement: WRAL-TV for “Black and Blue: A WRAL Multi-Platform Station Project”
Following the Dallas shootings of police officers and meetings with local leaders, WRAL-TV began work on a documentary focused on the relationship between police departments and African American communities in Raleigh, Durham, and Fayetteville, NC. The program, “Black and Blue,” became part of an unprecedented two-hour community conversation on TV, web and social media. The documentary was simulcast on Capitol Broadcasting’s television stations and OTT channels. The exclusive online forum, “Beyond Black and Blue,” was a critical conversation with law enforcement, faith leaders, and members of the black community. “Beyond Black and Blue” was live-streamed and is available with the full documentary on demand on wraldocumentary.com, along with exclusive, bonus digital content.
Thanks to WRAL-TV for this capcom story & to Corp’s Angie Emerline for these capcom photos.