Channel 13 Earns 28 Awards for Journalism Excellence from Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association and Iowa Broadcast News Association

Coveted achievements include Best Newscast, Best Weather, Best Sports and Overall Excellence

WHO-HD Weather Team wins MBJA First Place honors 5 out of last 6 years

Sports Director Keith Murphy wins IBNA’s 1st Place Sportscast 7 out of last 8 years

DES MOINES, IA – WHO-HD picked up 28 awards for journalism excellence the past Saturday night at dual award ceremonies. First, Channel 13 News was the big winner in Minneapolis at the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association (MBJA) annual awards earning 11 Eric Sevareid Awards for journalism excellence. 17 additional awards were claimed at the Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA) annual convention and awards held in Johnston.

At the MBJA awards, Channel 13 News earned coveted First Place “Best Newscast” honors for an August 2018 6pm newscast showcasing their coverage of the Mollie Tibbetts case. The station also won First Place in the weather for the fifth time in the last six years. The latest award is for the station’s July severe weather coverage of the devasting tornadoes in Marshalltown and Pella. First Place awards were also received in the categories of General Reporting, Series, Photojournalism and Sports Reporting.

At the IBNA awards, WHO-HD also won First Place in Weather Excellence for last July’s tornado outbreak and in Spot News Coverage for their Mollie Tibbitts case coverage. For the seventh time in the last eight years, the Keith Murphy earned First Place honors for Best Sportscast. And, Channel 13 News took home the coveted “Overall Excellence” honors as the best television news operation in the state.

Here’s the complete list of awards plus links to watch the submissions.

2019 Awards Compilation

Organization Award Description
Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association (MBJA) 1ST PLACE
Eric Sevareid Award
Newscast
Channel 13 News at 6
Erin Kiernan & Dan Winters Anchors,
Chief Meteorologist Ed Wilson
Sports Director Keith Murphy
Paul Lepert, Producer
Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association (MBJA) 1ST PLACE
Eric Sevareid Award
 

Weather (TV Only)
Channel 13 News Weather Compilation
Chief Meteorologist Ed Wilson, Meteorologists Jeriann Ritter, Brett McIntyre, Megan Salois, Amber Alexander

Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association (MBJA) 1ST PLACE
Eric Sevareid Award
 

General Reporting
Iowa’s Poorest Counties
Dave Price, Reporter
Eric Gooden & Mike Borland, Photojournalists

Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association (MBJA) 1ST PLACE
Eric Sevareid Award
 

Series
Childhood Cancer Awareness
Megan Reuther, Reporter
Trent Reicks & Jeff Harmeyer, Photojournalists

Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association (MBJA) 1ST PLACE
Eric Sevareid Award
 

Photojournalism (TV Only)
Pipe Dream
Dan Winters, Reporter
Randy Schumacher, Photojournalist

Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association (MBJA) 1ST PLACE
Eric Sevareid Award
 

Sports Reporting
Overlooked, All Heart
John Sears, Reporter/Photojournalist

Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association (MBJA) Eric Sevareid
Award Of Merit
 

Broadcast Writing
Andy Fales Covers Iowa
Andy Fales

Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association (MBJA) Eric Sevareid
Award Of Merit
 

Soft Feature
Pipe Dream
Dan Winters, Reporter
Randy Schumacher, Photojournalist

Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association (MBJA) Eric Sevareid
Award Of Merit
 

Hard Feature
More Than A Mugshot
Samantha Gronlund, Reporter
Austin Page & Lee Rouse, Photojournalists

Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association (MBJA) Eric Sevareid
Award Of Merit
 

Sports Reporting
Hype Help from the Blue
John Sears, Reporter/Photojournalist

 
Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA) 1st Place Overall Excellence
Channel 13 News Team Compilation
Rod Peterson, News Director
Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA) 1st Place  

Weather
Channel 13 News Weather Compilation
Chief Meteorologist Ed Wilson, Meteorologists Jeriann Ritter, Brett McIntyre, Megan Salois, Amber Alexander

Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA) 1st Place  

Spot News
Mollie Tibbetts Coverage
Channel 13 News Team

 

Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA) 1st Place  

Best Sportscast
Compilation
Keith Murphy, John Sears and Team

Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA) 1st Place  

Sports Coverage
End of the Line
Sonya Heitshusen, Reporter
Eric Gooden, Photojournalist

Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA) 1st Place  

Feature
Ride of a Lifetime
Justin Surrency, Reporter
Eric Gooden, Photojournalist

Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA) 1st Place  

Public Affairs
The Save A Child
Jodi Long, Reporter
Eric Gooden & Austin Page, Photojournalists

Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA) 2nd Place  

Excellence in Anchoring
Keith Murphy Compilation
Keith Murphy, Sports Director

Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA) 2nd Place  

News Photography
Pipe Dream
Randy Schumacher, Photojournalist
Dan Winters, Reporter

Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA) Honorable Mention  

Best Newscast
November 13, 2018
Paul Lepert, Producer

Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA) Honorable Mention  

News Photography
Racing in the Sky
Mike Borland & Eric Gooden, Photojournalists
Jannay Towne, Reporter

Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA) Honorable Mention  

General Reporting
Right Place, Right Time
Jodi Long, Reporter
Randy Schumacher, Photojournalist

Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA) Honorable Mention  

Political Reporting
Year of the Woman
Jodi Long, Reporter
Sam Lozada, Photojournalist

Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA) Honorable Mention  

Feature
Pipe Dream
Dan Winters, Reporter
Randy Schumacher, Photojournalist

Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA) Honorable Mention  

Farm and Agribusiness
Reviving and Old-World Trade
Andy Fales, Reporter
Randy Schumacher, Photojournalist

Iowa Broadcast News Association (IBNA) Honorable Mention  

Public Affairs
More Than Just A Mug Shot
Samantha Gronlund, Reporter
Austin Page & Lee Rouse Photojournalists

 

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