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Awards & Accolades

Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy Inducted Into B&C Hall of Fame

Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York City earlier this week.

Abernethy was one of 12 inductees. Alan Frank, the president and CEO of the Post-Newsweek Stations, was also honored at the event.

WNYW, the Fox O&O in New York City, covered the event on Tuesday’s “Good Day New York.” Watch it after the jump. Read more

NBC’s Lloyd Siegel and Belo’s Robert Decherd to Receive RTDNF First Amendment Awards

Lloyd Siegel, NBC News Partnerships vice president, and Robert Decherd, Belo’s president and CEO, will receive 2013 RTDNF First Amendment Awards.

Siegel (pictured) is responsible for coordinating relationships between NBC and its more than 200 affiliated stations. He will be presented with the RTDNF First Amendment Service Award, given to a person who works in an off-air management capacity.

Decherd will receive the First Amendment Leadership Award, presented to a business leader who has significantly contributed “to protecting freedom of the press.” Belo owns 20 local stations across the country.

Both awards will be presented at the organization’s annual awards dinner in Washington, DC on March 14. CNN’s Candy Crowley will also be honored, receiving the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award.

WITI, WMAQ Lead Chicago Midwest Emmy Awards

Milwaukee Fox affiliate WITI and Chicago NBC O&O WMAQ were the big winners at the 54th annual Chicago Midwest Emmy Awards Sunday night.

WITI won 12 awards, including for outstanding achievement in for news gathering in the hard news single feature and hard news series categories. The station was also honored for outstanding achievement for a news specialty report in the human interest category.

WMAQ won the night’s top honor, the Emmy for outstanding news gathering in the spot news category, for its coverage of the NATO conference in Chicago last year. The station also won an Emmy for outstanding achievement for news gathering in the soft news category. WMAQ led the Chicago stations with nine Emmys; Tribune-owned CW affiliate WGN won eight.

A full list of winners is after the jump. Read more

WFAA, WTHR Win Regional News & Documentary Emmy Awards

WFAA and WTHR were the two regional winners at the 33rd annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards, handed out Monday night in New York City.

WFAA, the ABC affiliate in Dallas, took home the Emmy for Outstanding Regional News Story in the Spot News category. The award for “A Day of Weather” was presented to executive producer Valerie Roberts-Evans, producer Eric Valadez and chief director Art MacLaren.

 Related, TVNewser: News and Doc Emmy Awards: PBS, ABC, CBS Lead List of Winners

WTHR, the NBC affiliate in Indianapolis, won Outstanding Regional News Story in the Investigative Reporting Category. Producer Cyndee Hebert, reporter Bob Segall, photojournalist Jim Hall and photojournalist-editor Bill Ditton were honored for “Reality Check: Where Are The Jobs?”

A full list of the winners is here.

KMGH Reporter John Ferrugia Wins Missouri Medal for Journalism Service

John Ferrugia, a longtime investigative reporter at Denver ABC-affiliate KMGH, has been awarded the Missorui School of Journalism’s Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism for 2012.

“It’s humbling,” Ferrugia told the Denver Post. “When I got the letter, I had to check to make sure it was to me. I was stunned. This is not something that you apply for. It just came out of the blue.”

Ferrugia, one of 10 recipients, will be presented with the award in October. According to the Post, other winners this year include New York editor-in-chief Adam Moss, Washington Post investigative reporter Jeff Leen and the New York Times graphics department.

WMAQ’s Mary Ann Ahern Wins Chicago Headline Club’s Lifetime Achievement Award

WMAQ political reporter Mary Ann Ahern will receive the Chicago Headline Club’s Lifetime Achievement Award next month, according to Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder.

Ahern joined the Chicago NBC O&O in 1989 and has been the station’s lead political reporter since 2006. In addition to being recognized for her political reporting, she was the first Chicago television reporter to file reports from Rome on the death of Pope John Paul II, according to her WMAQ bio.

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell will also be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award on May 4.

Longtime WRAL Sports Anchor Tom Suiter Inducted Into NCHSSA Hall of Fame

WRAL sports anchor Tom Suiter was inducted over the weekend into the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.

Suiter has worked at the Raleigh-Durham CBS-affiliate since 1971. In 1981, he created “Football Friday,” a weekly show that features high school football highlights which he still anchors today.

The longtime sports anchor said he was “very honored” by the induction but said he was not sure he belonged in the Hall of Fame, recognizing “the coaches, the administrators, the athletic directors — those are the men and women who are around the kids every day,” according to the Technician Online. Read more

KXAS Wins Texas Freedom of Information Award

KXAS, the NBC O&O in Dallas, has won the Texas Freedom of Information Award, presented annually by the Texas AP Broadcasters and the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas.

The winning piece, by investigative reporter Scott Friedman and researcher Shane Allen, followed a trail of police records to see what the consequences were for drivers who were caught going more than 100 miles per hour in several North Texas cities.

“We spent months searching through municipal court records and stacks of traffic tickets because we felt this was an important story to pursue,” Friedman said in a statement. “It really affects the safety of everyone on our roads.”  Watch the report inside… Read more

RTDNA Announces Winners of Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

The RTDNA has announced the winners of the 2012 Regional Edward R. Murrow awards.

Radio, television and online winners, divided into small and large markets, were selected from more than 3,500 entries. The RTDNA says this year is “one of the most competitive Edward R. Murrow Awards seasons in RTDNA history.”

Large market overall excellence winners were KING in Seattle, KTVU in Oakland, KMGH in Denver, KARE in Minneapolis, KMBC in Kansas City, KHOU in Houston, WTHR in Indianapolis, WLKY in Louisville, WIAT in Birmingham, WCVB in Boston, KDKA in Pittsburgh, WSB in Atlanta and CIVT in Vancouver. Read more

10 Local Stations Win SPJ Awards

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. Read more

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