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69-WFMZ wins 8 AP awards for outstanding broadcast journalism

By 69 News, follow: @69news, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 02 2012 10:20:41 AM CDT
Updated On: Apr 02 2012 10:57:25 AM CDT
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69-WFMZ-TV is honored to be the winner of eight awards in the 2011 Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association news awards contest.

The Associated Press announced the contest's winning television and radio stations Monday morning.

69-WFMZ-TV won awards in the following categories:

REGULARLY SCHEDULED NEWSCAST
69 News at 5
Dan Rinkus, producer; Amy Unger, senior producer; Manoj K. Shamdasani, asst. news director; Brad Rinehart, news director; Rob Vaughn, anchor; Wendy Davis, anchor; Brett Schutter, director

SPORTSCAST
69 Sports
Troy Hein, sports director and Jim Vaughn and Neille Giffune, sports anchors

NEWS DOCUMENTARY
Aftershocks: Earthquake in Haiti
Jaccii Farris, docujournalist and Lee Jenkins, photojournalist

SPOT NEWS
Deadly gas explosion
Dan Rinkus and Janelle Hill, producers; Amy Unger, senior producer; Manoj K. Shamdasani, asst. news director; Brad Rinehart, news director; Brett Schutter, director; Joscelyn Moes, Bo Koltnow, Jaccii Farris and Stephanie Esposito, reporters

PUBLIC AFFAIRS
The 2011 Freddy Awards
Barry Fisher, general manager; Shelley Brown, executive producer; Jamie Balliet, producer

SERIES
"What can Davis save us?"
Wendy Davis, anchor and Manoj K. Shamdasani, asst. news director

SPORTS PLAY-BY-PLAY
The Big Ticket
Troy Hein, sports director

NEWS OR SPORTS TALK PROGRAM
The Big Ticket
Troy Hein, sports director

The entries were judged by the North Carolina AP Broadcasters Association.

The awards, which recognize outstanding broadcast journalism by AP member radio and television stations, cable television and networks in Pennsylvania, will be presented during the PAPBA's annual awards banquet in Harrisburg on April 14.

69-WFMZ-TV also learned last week that it won two awards in the Pennsylvania Broadcasters Association's annual awards contest for outstanding television public affairs program/series (69 News Election Central) and outstanding program designed for children (2011 Freddy Awards).