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Eyewitness News Honored by NBNA

Posted at: 04/16/2013 10:19 AM
Updated at: 04/16/2013 11:37 AM

2012 Eric Sevareid AwardsDuluth, MN --- The Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA) has awarded WDIO/WIRT-DT’s Eyewitness News with eleven (11) Eric Sevareid Awards. The awards were presented at the annual NBNA Midwest Journalism Conference and Awards Banquet on Saturday, April 13, in Bloomington, Minn.

The station’s work received awards in ten categories, including: Best Newscast, Investigative Reporting, Website, General Reporting (2), Spot News, Hard Feature Reporting, Soft Feature Reporting, Sports Reporting, Photojournalism, and Broadcast Writing.

Eyewitness News at Six received a First Place Award for Best Newscast, for their June 20, 2012 broadcast. This newscast was from the day floodwaters inundated much of Duluth, Superior, and Carlton County. Eyewitness News Reporters provided team coverage of the flood and how it affected people, businesses, and infrastructure.

Eyewitness News received a First Place Award in the Spot News category for “Duluth Flooding.” The staff’s stories highlighted the major flood damage in the Duluth area in its coverage of the flooding in Duluth. The extensive reporting covered a variety of damage and impacts ranging from devastated homes, to buckled streets, to public safety issues.

Eyewitness News Producer/Reporter Alan Hoglund and Photojournalist Carl Sauer received a First Place Award in the Investigative Reporting category for their story, “The New High.” Eyewitness News took an in-depth look at synthetic marijuana use in the Northland, including interviews with people who have used the chemicals, medical staff who have seen its impacts and a look at the difficulty in making the substances illegal.

The Eyewitness News website, wdio.com, received a First Place Award in the Website category. Among the WDIO/WIRT pages viewed by judges were the home page, the 2012 Election page and the Twin Ports Community page. Criteria included creativity, clarity, storytelling techniques, and uses of audio/video.

Eyewitness News Anchor Darren Danielson and Photojournalist Carl Sauer received a First Place Award for General Reporting for their story, “No Good Answers.” After a driver allegedly under the influence of methadone hit and killed two Carlton County men, Eyewitness News investigated the laws surrounding methadone treatment, the pain of one victim’s family and the need for change. This story also received an Award of Merit in the Hard Feature Reporting category.

Eyewitness News Anchor Darren Danielson and Photojournalist Carl Sauer received a First Place Award in the Soft Feature Reporting category for their story, “Dogged Determination.” Eyewitness News reunited viewers with Josh Sorvik, a young Duluth man paralyzed in a skiing accident two years ago, and explained how his canine companion is helping to improve his quality of life.

The Eyewitness News staff received a First Place Award in the Broadcast Writing category. This work featured writing by Eyewitness News Anchor Darren Danielson, Producer/Reporter Alan Hoglund, and former Anchor/Reporter Katey Rusch. The writing covered the June 2012 flooding, an investigation of problems with methadone treatment in the Northland and a story about a small school that assigns a laptop to every student.

Also in the General Reporting category, Photojournalist Kyle Aune and former Eyewitness News Anchor/Reporter Katie Rusch received an Award of Merit for their story, “Endless Miles to Medical Care.” Eyewitness News traveled with a veteran from Port Wing, Wis. who must take an all-day trip to Minneapolis to receive some of the medical services he earned with his service.

Eyewitness News Producer/Reporter Alan Hoglund and Photojournalist Carl Sauer received an Award of Merit in the Sports Reporting category for their story, “Under Fire.” As Minnesota and Wisconsin began their first wolf hunts in decades, Eyewitness News looked at the issue through the eyes of people who were excited for the hunt and people who continued to fight against it.

Photojournalist Glenn Kellahan and Eyewitness Sports Anchor/Reporter Laura Kennedy received an Award of Merit in the Photojournalism category for their story, “Up North: North Shore Rollers.” Eyewitness Sports took a trip up the North Shore to see how log rollers train for big events like the Lumberjack World Championships.

All WDIO/WIRT-DT nominations are in the “Small Market” Division.

The Northwest Broadcast News Association is an organization, chartered in 1949, of radio and television journalists working in the six-state Upper Midwest region including Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The NBNA recognizes the best in journalism in its Eric Sevareid Award program. The Eric Sevareid Awards are named after the long-time journalist and commentator with CBS News.