Thursday, Sep 18, 2014
WSIL Wins Illinois AP Best Newscast Award
CARTERVILLE – For the third straight year Illinois Associated Press has honored WSIL-TV with its award for Best Newscast. WSIL’s evening newscast, News 3 at 5, captured the 2012 award for downstate television, which includes all stations serving the six Illinois television markets outside of Chicago and St. Louis. WSIL’s News 3 at 6 newscast won in 2010 and 2011.
After two straight years of winning the AP award for Outstanding News Operation, WSIL-TV finished second in 2012 to KWQC-TV in Davenport, Iowa.
The awards were announced March 11, 2013. WSIL also won the following:
Best Series or Documentary, 1st Place: “Rebuilding Joplin”
Reporter: Stephanie Tyrpak, Videographer: Benjy Jeffords.
Best Light Feature, 1st Place: “Know Your Limits”
Reporter: Emily Finnegan, Videographer: Andy Shofstall.
Best Reporter, 1st Place: Fanna Haile-Selassie
Best Videography, 2nd Place: “Harrisburg Tornado Damage”
Jared Roberts and Benjy Jeffords
Best Sports Report, 2nd Place: “NubAbility Camp”
Reporter: Bret Beherns
Over the last two years, WSIL has won 16 first or second place Illinois AP awards for Downstate TV, with 8 first place finishes, more than any other station.
The 2012 Illinois AP Awards will be presented to stations at a banquet in April.
Below is a list of all of the 2012 AP "Downstate TV" Award winners:
OUTSTANDING NEWS OPERATION:
KWQC-TV, Davenport, IA "KWQC-TV," KWQC Staff
-2nd Place: WSIL-TV, Carterville, "WSIL-TV," WSIL STAFF
WSIL-TV, Carterville "WSIL News-3 at 5pm - 3/9/12," WSIL Staff, Mike Snuffer - News Director
-2nd Place: WIFR-TV, Rockford, "WIFR- 9/25/12," WIFR Staff
BEST SPOT NEWS:
KWQC-TV, Davenport, IA "Air Show Crash 9-1," KWQC Staff
-2nd Place: WICS-TV, Springfield, "MegaBus Crash," ABC NewsChannel 20 News Team
BEST SERIES OR DOCUMENTARY:
WSIL-TV, Carterville "Rebuilding Joplin," Stephanie Tyrpak, Benjy Jeffords
-2nd Place: KWQC-TV, Davenport, IA "Documentary Honor Flight Special," Gary Metivier, Kevin Kohr, KWQC Staff
BEST HARD NEWS FEATURE:
WIFR-TV, Rockford, "Prison Mom," Tina Stein
-2nd Place: WIFR-TV, Rockford, "Lawnmower Arrest," Meghan Dwyer
Fanna Haile-Selassie, WSIL-TV, Carterville
-2nd Place: Shantel Middleton, WICS-TV, Springfield
BEST SPORTS REPORT:
WAND-TV, Decatur "Synchronized Swimming," Mark Rivera
-2nd Place: WSIL-TV, Carterville, "NubAbility Camp," Bret Beherns
WHBF-TV, Rock Island, "Targets," Mike Colón
-2nd Place: WSIL-TV, Carterville, "Harrisburg Damage," Jared Roberts, Benjy Jeffords
BEST LIGHT FEATURE:
WSIL-TV, Carterville "Know Your Limits," Emily Finnegan, Andy Shofstall
-2nd Place: WIFR-TV, Rockford, "Ho-Ho Woes," Whitney Martin
Steve Long, WHBF-TV, Rock Island
-2nd Place: Gary Metivier, KWQC-TV, Davenport, IA
BEST INVESTIGATIVE REPORT:
WICS-TV, Springfield, "Waste Watch: Illinois Lawmaker Per Diem," Andrew Hansen
-2nd Place: WAND-TV, Decatur, "Dateline Central Illinois," Paula Thornton, Doug Wolfe, Denise Albert, Tai Takahashi
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