Posted at: 04/16/2013 11:12 AM
Updated at: 04/16/2013 11:19 AM
Duluth, MN --- The Minnesota Associated Press (MN AP) recently notified WDIO/WIRT-DT’s Eyewitness News that they will be receiving ten (10) awards at the Annual Awards Banquet on Friday, April 12 in Bloomington, MN. Eyewitness News will be honored with six (6) First Place Awards, including Best Newscast, and (4) Honorable Mentions.
Eyewitness News at Five received a First Place Award in the Best Newscast category. The broadcast from May 23, 2012 featured weather coverage of a flood watch and a report on the “Rainbow Gathering” of environmentalists in Itasca County. Renee Passal and Justin Liles anchored the newscast, which was produced by Alan Hoglund, and directed by Dale Storey.
The entire Eyewitness News department received a First Place Award in the Spot / Hard News category for their coverage of the “Duluth Flooding.” This included breaking coverage of the flood that struck the Northland on June 20, 2012, with reporters covering multiple aspects of flooding in Duluth, Superior, and Carlton County.
Eyewitness News Producer/Reporter Alan Hoglund and Photojournalist Carl Sauer received an Honorable Mention in this category for their story, “The New High.”
Eyewitness News Anchor Darren Danielson and Photojournalist Carl Sauer received two (2) First Place Awards. One in the Feature category, and the other in the Writing category. Their story, “Dogged Determination,” reunited viewers with Josh Sorvik, a Duluthian paralyzed by a skiing accident two years ago, and explained how his canine companion is helping to improve his quality of life.
Photojournalist Kyle Aune and former Eyewitness News Anchor/Reporter Katey Rusch received two (2) First Place Awards. One in the Best In Show category, and the other in the Documentary / Investigative category. Their story, “Endless Miles to Medical Care,” profiled a veteran from Port Wing, WI, who must take an all-day trip to Minneapolis to receive some of the medical services he earned with his service.
Eyewitness News Anchor Darren Danielson and Photojournalist Carl Sauer received an Honorable Mention in the Documentary / Investigative category for their story, “No Good Answers.”
Photojournalist Glenn Kellahan and former Eyewitness News Reporter Paige Calhoun received an Honorable Mention in the Feature category for their story, “Still Waiting.”
Photojournalist Glenn Kellahan and former Eyewitness News Anchor/Reporter Katey Rusch received an Honorable Mention in the Writing category for their story, “Lunchbox and a Laptop.”
All awards were received in the “TV Class I” category, for television stations with 50 or fewer full-time news people.
Founded in 1848, The Associated Press is the oldest and largest news organization in the world. In the United States alone, AP serves 5,000 radio and television stations and 1,700 newspapers.