WCTV Awards

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Since 1991 in Florida we have won 124 first place awards and 97 second place awards for a total of 221.

In Georgia we have won 49 awards, 23 first place and 26 second place.

Overall, 247 Associated Press awards won since 1991.

FLORIDA ASSOCIATED PRESS:
(FLORIDA AWARDS ARE DATED THE YEAR AFTER THE ACTUAL YEAR OF THE AWARD)

2014

WCTV Eyewitness News won 13 Florida Associated Press Awards, 8 First Place awards in Orlando. Here's a list of the winning categories:

Best Overall - WCTV 2013 Compilation - WCTV Staff (Winner)

Best Website - WCTV.tv - WCTV Staff (Winner)

Best Breaking Sports News - Winston Won't Face Charges - WCTV Staff (Winner)

Best Continuing Coverage - Christina West Case - Julie Montanaro, Lanetra Bennett, Matt Galka (Winner)

Best Individual Achievement - Julie Montanaro WCTV - Julie Montanaro (Winner)

Best Sports Feature - Ieshia Small Finds Family - Jason Kahn (Winner)

Best Photo Essay - 25th Annual Big Bend Salt Water Classic - James Buechele (Winner)

Best Public Affairs - A Tale of Two Homes - Andy Alcock, Jim Shaw (Winner)

Best TV Newscast - July 16th WCTV 6 p.m. Newscast - WCTV Staff (Finalist)

Best Sportscast - 12/14/13 WCTV Sportscast - Jason Hurst, Jason Kahn (Finalist)

Best Series Reporting - Art: Do My Job! - Art Myers, Jossie Barroso, Jim Shaw (Finalist)

Best General Assignment - Prisoners Mistakenly Released - James Buechele (Finalist)

Best Weather Reporting - Tree Into Apartment - Matt Galka (Finalist)

2013

WCTV Eyewitness News won 20 Florida Associated Press Awards, 10 First Place awards in Orlando. Here's a list of the winning categories:

Best Breaking News - Hoffman Settlment - WCTV Staff (Finalist)

Best Breaking Sports News - FAMU Coach Joe Taylor Retires Week of Homecoming Game - Jason Kahn, Lanetra Bennett (Winner)

Best Continuing Coverage - WCTV: Robert Champion Continuing Coverage - WCTV Staff (Winner)

Best Election Coverage - EXCLUSIVE: WCTV Interviews President Obama - Andy Alcock, Joe Bonner (Winner)

Best General Assignment - Folks Prepare for the North Florida Fair - James Buechele (Finalist)

Best Hard News Feature - Being Booked: Behind the Scenes - Julie Montanaro, Joe Bonner (Finalist)

Best Hard News Feature - HIV: Scared No More - Andy Alcock, Jim Shaw (Winner)

Best Investigative - WCTV Summer Heat - James Buechele (Winner)

Best Light Feature - Bigfoot Spotted in the Big Bend - Matt Galka (Finalist)

Best Light Feature - Aging With Agility - Shonda Knight, Joe Bonner (Winner)

Best Photo Essay - Bells Peal for Newtown Victims - Matt Galka (Finalist)

Best Public Affairs - WCTV Summer Heat - James Buechele (Winner)

Best Series Reporting - HIV: Scared No More - Andy Alcock, Jim Shaw (Finalist)

Best Series Reporting - Art: Do My Job - Art Myers, Jim Shaw, James Buechele (Winner)

Best Sports Feature - McKelton's Little Secret - Jason Kahn (Finalist)

Best Sportscast - WCTV 2012 Signing Day - WCTV Staff (Finalist)

Best TV Newscast - WCTV General Election Newscast 6pm - WCTV Staff (Finalist)

Best Web site - wctv.tv - WCTV Staff (Finalist)

Best Overall Small Market TV - WCTV Compilation - WCTV Staff (Winner)

Best Individual Achievement - Matt Galka (Winner)

2012

TV Newscast - Best Newscast - WCTV Staff

Website WCTV.tv - WCTV Staff

Breaking News - Jimbo Fisher's Son Faces Life-Threatening Disorder, Lee Gordon, Jim Shaw

Breaking News - Hilton Trial Day 8 Coverage: Verdict Given - Julie Montanaro, Joe Bonner

Sportscast - Best Sportscast Signing Day - WCTV Staff

Sports Feature - Local Football Coach Gets Kidney Transplant - Lee Gordon, Joe Bonner

Breaking Sports News - Former FSU Football Player Found Guilty of Sexual Battery - Julie Montanaro, Joe Bonner

Breaking Sports News - Jimbo Fisher's Son Faces Life-Threatening Disorder - Lee Gordon, Jim Shaw

Weathercast - Rob Nucatola

Photo Essay - 11 11 11 - Lanetra Bennett

Light Feature - No Arms and Reaching for the Stars - Deneige Broom, Joe Bonner

Public Affairs - Breaking the Cycle of Violence - WCTV Staff

Series Reporting - Local High School Football Coach Needs Kidney Transplant - Lee Gordon, Joe Bonner

Series Reporting - No Arms and Reaching for the Stars - Deneige Broom, Joe Bonner

Mobile Journalist - Candace Sweat

Mobile Journalist - Deneige Broom

Individual Achievement - Candace Sweat

Individual Achievement - Julie Montanaro

Investigative - Cold Case: Cedric Johnson 17 Years Later - Gary Parker

Investigative - Escaped Convict Turned Tallahassee Businessman - Julie Montanaro, Joe Bonner

Overall - Triston Sanders, WCTV Staff

WCTV took home 21 Florida Associated Press Awards tonight in Orlando, FL.

Here's a list of what we won:

Best Newscast- 1st Place
Website- 1st Place
Breaking News-1st Place and Finalist
Sportscast- Finalist
Sports Feature-1st Place
Breaking Sports News -1st Place and Finalist
Weathercast-Finalist
Photo essay-Finalist
Light feature-1st Place
Public Affairs-1st Place
Series Reporting-1st Place and Finalist
Mobile Journalist-1st Place and Finalist
Individual Achievement-1st Place and Finalist
Investigative -1st Place and Finalist
Best Overall- Finalist

2011

At tonight's FL AP awards, WCTV won the following:

Finalist: Best overall-WCTV staff

1st place: Best Website-WCTV staff

Finalist: Best TV Newscast-WCTV staff

Finalist: Best Mobile Journalist-Heather Biance

1st place: Best Light Feature AND Finalist- Lee Gordon and Joe Bonner

Finalist: Best Election Coverage-WCTV staff

Finalist: Individual Achievement- Heather Biance

1st place: Individual Achievement- Julie Montanaro

Finalist: Best Series Reporting- Triston Sanders/Joshua Niemi

Finalist-Best Hard Feature-Art Myers/Joe Bonner

Finalist-Best Weather Reporting-Rob Nucatola/Joshua Niemi

1st place-Best Breaking Sports-Elton Gumbel

Finalist-Best Sportscast-Elton Gumbel

Finalist-Best Investigative-WCTV staff

Finalist-Best Spot News-WCTV staff

Finalist: Best weathercast: Mike McCall

2010

6 First place and 7 second place awards

Best web site
1st: WCTV www.wctv.tv

Best TV Newscast
1st: WCTV by Eyewitness News Staff

Best Sportscast
1st WCTV by WCTV Sports Staff

Best Sports Feature
1st: WCTV “The Carl Joseph Story" by Julie Montanaro, Joe Bonner

Best Overall
1st: WCTV “Eyewitness News” by WCTV Eyewitness News

Best Light Feature
1st: WCTV “Caboodle Ranch” by Lee Gordon, Joe Bonner
2nd: WCTV “Eagles Released” by Julie Montanaro, Joe Bonner

Best Breaking Sports
2nd: WCTV “Bowden Retires” by Eyewitness News and Sports

Best Weathercast
2nd: WCTV by Mike McCall

Best Weather Reporting
2nd: WCTV “Global Warming” by Mike McCall

Best Public Affairs
2nd place - WCTV “Public Service" by Liza Park

Best Series Reporting
2nd: WCTV “A Survivor's Story” by Lee Gordon, Joe Bonner

Individual Achievement by a Reporter
2nd: WCTV Julie Montanaro

2009
1ST PLACE WINNERS

BEST WEBSITE
BEST ELECTION COVERAGE
BEST SPORTS FEATURE
BEST BREAKING SPORTS NEWS
BEST INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING
BEST CONTINUING COVERAGE

2ND PLACE WINNERS

BEST WEATHERCAST
BEST SPORTSCAST
BEST SPOT NEWS COVERAGE
BEST PUBLIC AFFAIRS
BEST LONG LIGHT FEATURE

2008
1ST PLACE WINNERS

BEST WEATHERCAST
BEST SPORTSCAST
BEST BREAKING SPORTS NEWS
BEST PHOTO ESSAY
BEST LONG LIGHT FEATURE
BEST WEBSITE

2ND PLACE WINNERS

BEST SPORTSCAST
BEST PHOTO ESSAY
BEST BREAKING SPORTS NEWS
BEST NEWSCAST
BEST OVERALL
INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT BY A REPORTER

2007
1ST PLACE WINNERS

BEST ELECTION COVERAGE- NOVEMBER 2006
BEST CONTINUING COVERAGE- PRISON SHOOTING
BEST BREAKING SPORTS NEWS-BOWDEN RESIGNS
BEST SPORTSCAST- BEAU BISHOP
BEST LONG LIGHT FEATURE- A LEAGUE OF OUR OWN, ROB SHAW
BEST LONG HARD NEWS FEATURE- RISING FROM THE RUINS, LEONARD HORTON AND ART MYERS
BEST INVESTIGATIVE – GIVE ME SHELTER, LIZA PARK, JOE BONNER AND STEFAN WEEKES
BEST INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT BY A REPORTER- JULIE MONTANARO
BEST OVERALL (CHRIS MCGILL AWARD) - WCTV

2ND PLACE WINNERS

BEST SPORTS FEATURE- PAINTBALL, ROB SHAW
BEST SPOT NEWS- PRISON SHOOTING, JULIE MONTANARO AND STEVE THOMAS
BEST PHOTO ESSAY, CHAIRES FUNERAL, ROB SHAW
BEST INVESTIGATIVE, CROSSING THE LINE, JENNIFER RYAN AND STEVE THOMAS
BEST WEATHERCAST, MIKE MCCALL
BEST PUBLIC AFFAIRS, HURRICANE SEASON
BEST INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT BY A REPORTER-LAURA KADECHKA

2006
BEST WEATHERCAST -1ST
BEST CONTINUING COVERAGE -2ND

2005
BEST WEATHERCAST – 1ST
BEST SPORTS FEATURE – 1ST
BEST OVERALL – 2ND
BEST SPORTSCAST – 2ND

2004
BEST HARD NEWS FEATURE – 1ST
BEST SPORTSCAST FOR EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 6 -1ST
BEST SPORTS FEATURE – 1ST
BEST IN DEPTH HARD NEWS – 1ST
CHRIS MACGILL AWARD FOR BEST OVERALL COVERAGE – 1ST
BEST SHORT LIGHT FEATURE – 2ND
BEST SPOT NEWS – 2ND
BEST CONTINUING COVERAGE – 2ND

2003
BEST CONTINUING COVERAGE – 1ST
INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT BY A REPORTER – 1ST
BEST SPORTS STORY – 2ND PLACE

2002
BEST CONTINUING COVERAGE - 1ST
BEST NEWS VIDEO - 1ST
BEST SPORTS VIDEO - 1ST
BEST SPOT NEWS - 1ST
BEST LONG SERIOUS FEATURE - 2ND
BEST INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING - 2ND
BEST OVERALL COVERAGE - 2ND
BEST CONTINUING COVERAGE - 2ND

2001
BEST PUBLIC AFFAIRS - 1ST
BEST SPOT NEWS - 1ST
BEST SPORTS VIDEO - 1ST
BEST SPORTS STORY - 1ST
BEST INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT REPORTER - 2ND
BEST OVERALL - 2ND
BEST LONG LIGHT FEATURE - 2ND
BEST NEWSCAST - 2ND

2000
BEST SPOT NEWS - 1ST
BEST SPORTS STORY - 1ST
BEST NEWS VIDEO - 1ST
BEST INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT REPORTER - 1ST
BEST NEWSCAST - 1ST
BEST PUBLIC AFFAIRS - 1ST
BEST SPORTS VIDEO - 2ND
BEST SHORT SERIOUS FEATURE - 2ND
BEST OVERALL - 2ND

1999
BEST OVERALL COVERAGE - 1ST
BEST SPORTS VIDEO - 1ST
BEST INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING - 2ND

1998
INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT REPORTER - 1ST
BEST PUBLIC AFFAIRS - 1ST
BEST OVERALL COVERAGE - 1ST
BEST SPORTS REPORTING - 2ND
BEST SPORTS VIDEOGRAPHY - 2ND

1997
BEST SERIOUS FEATURE - 1ST
BEST INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING - 1ST
BEST INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT REPORTER - 1ST
BEST SPORTS VIDEO - 1ST
BEST NEWS VIDEO - 1ST
BEST PUBLIC AFFAIRS - 2ND
BEST OVERALL COVERAGE - 2ND

1996
BEST NEWSCAST - 1ST
BEST SPORTS VIDEO - 1ST
BEST PUBLIC AFFAIRS - 1ST
BEST SPOT NEWS - 2ND
BEST INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING - 2ND
BEST SPORTS STORY - 2ND
BEST NEWS VIDEO - 2ND
BEST OVERALL COVERAGE - 2ND

1995
BEST INVESTIGATIVE - 1ST
BEST NEWS VIDEO - 1ST
BEST SPORTS VIDEO - 1ST
BEST SPORTS REPORTING - 1ST
BEST NEWSCAST - 1ST
BEST INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT REPORTER - 1ST
BEST OVERALL COVERAGE - 1ST
BEST NEWS VIDEO - 2ND
BEST SPOT NEWS - 2ND
BEST PUBLIC AFFAIRS - 2ND

1994
INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT REPORTER - 1ST
BEST SERIES - 1ST
BEST LIGHT FEATURE - 1ST
BEST SPORTS - 1ST
BEST VIDEOGRAPHY - 2ND
BEST OVERALL COVERAGE - 2ND
BEST NEWSCAST - 2ND

1993
BEST SPOT NEWS - 1ST
INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT REPORTER - 1ST
LIGHT FEATURE - 1ST
SERIOUS FEATURE - 1ST
BEST SPORTS - 1ST
BEST NEWS VIDEO - 1ST
BEST NEWSCAST - 1ST
BEST INVESTIGATIVE - 1ST
BEST SERIES - 1ST

1992
BEST SPORTS STORY - 1ST
BEST OVERALL COVERAGE - 1ST
BEST NEWS VIDEO - 1ST
BEST INVESTIGATIVE - 1ST
BEST SERIES/DOCUMENTARY - 1ST
BEST NEWSCAST - 1ST
BEST SPOT NEWS - 2ND

1991
BEST PUBLIC AFFAIRS 1ST


GEORGIA ASSOCIATED PRESS:
(GEORGIA’S YEAR MATCHES THE YEAR IN WHICH THE STORY WAS DONE)

2009
1ST PLACE WINNERS

BEST WEBSITE
BEST SPORTSCAST
BEST WEATHER REPORTING
BEST SPORTS PROGRAM
BEST STAFF COVERAGE

2ND PLACE WINNERS

BEST SERIES REPORTING

2008
1ST PLACE WINNERS

BEST WEATHER REPORTING
BEST SPORTS PROGRAM

2007
BEST SERIES REPORTING- JULIE MONTANARO AND JOE BONNER - 1ST

2006
BEST WEATHER REPORTING – 1ST
BEST SPOT NEWS – 2ND
BEST NEWSCAST - 2ND

2005
BEST WEATHER REPORTING - 1ST

2004
BEST SPORTS FEATURE – 2ND
BEST SPORTS PROGRAM – 2ND

2003
BEST SERIES REPORTING – 1ST

2002
BEST FEATURE REPORTING – 1ST
BEST SPORTS STORY – 2ND
BEST SPORTS CAST – 2ND

2001
BEST FEATURE REPORTING - 1ST
BEST SPORTSCAST - 1ST
BEST NEWSCAST - 2ND
BEST SPOT NEWS - 2ND

2000
BEST WEATHER REPORTING – 1ST
BEST STAFF COVERAGE – 2ND
BEST SPORTSCAST - 2ND

1999
BEST SPOT NEWS - 1ST
BEST SPORTSCAST - 2ND
BEST NEWS VIDEO - 2ND

1998
BEST SPOT NEWS - 1ST

1997
BEST PUBLIC AFFAIRS - 1ST
BEST FEATURE REPORTING - 2ND
BEST SPORTS REPORTING - 2ND
BEST SPORTS SPECIAL - 2ND

1996
BEST SPORTS SPECIAL - 2ND
BEST SPORTSCAST - 2ND
BEST INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING - 2ND
BEST PUBLIC AFFAIRS - 2ND

1995
BEST SPORTS SPECIAL - 1ST
BEST GENERAL REPORTING - 2ND

1993
BEST SPORTS REPORTING 1ST
BEST SPORTSCAST 2ND

1992
BEST PUBLIC AFFAIRS 2ND
BEST SPORTS PLAY-BY-PLAY 2ND

1991
BEST FEATURE STORY 1ST
BEST SPORTS REPORTING 1ST
BEST PLAY BY PLAY SPORTS/SPECIAL 1ST
BEST DOCUMENTARY 2ND
BEST NEWSCAST 2ND


OTHER AWARDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

2003 GABBY AWARD (GAB) FOR BEST NEWS STORY.

2001 GABBY AWARD OF MERIT (GAB) FOR BEST NEWSCAST/NEWS STORY.

IN 2001 WE WERE HONORED BY CRIMESTOPPERS FOR ASSISTING IN HELPING PUT CRIMINALS BEHIND BARS. OUR STORIES DIRECTLY LED TO TWO ARRESTS (MAY AND JUNE 2002).

2000 GABBY AWARD (GAB) FOR BEST NEWS STORY/DOCUMENTARY

IN 1999 WE WERE HONORED BY THE PROJECT FOR EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM IN A NATIONAL STUDY OF TELEVISION STATIONS. OUT OF 61 STATIONS IN 20 MARKETS WE WERE RANKED 6TH OVERALL. WE WERE THE HIGHEST RATED STATION IN FLORIDA.

1999 REGIONAL EDWARD R. MURROW WINNER-SPORTS REPORTING

1999 MDA SILVER JOURNALISM AWARD FOR FEATURE STORIES ON MDA

1999 GABBY AWARD (GAB) FOR BEST SPORTSCAST

1993 FLA ASSOCIATION OF SPORTSCASTERS AWARD FOR FEATURE REPORTING


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