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.

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