KGAN, Sinclair’s CBS affiliate in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, earned four awards from the Iowa Broadcast News Association at the association’s annual awards banquet on April 18th.
If I were marooned on a tropical deserted island, and had good WiFi, I could keep track of what’s happening in cities and towns all across America all the time on Facebook thanks to local TV.
Their broadcast area was heavily damaged by an Aug. 10 derecho with 140-mph winds that lasted for 45 minutes. There is extensive damage to cities, homes and agriculture stretching from the center of the state and east into Illinois. A 40-mile-wide path of destruction is so severe it can be seen from satellite images.
A week after a rare weather event called a derecho hit eastern Iowa causing massive destruction, reporters in Cedar Rapids say there hasn’t been enough national network TV or cable news coverage.
On Monday, a rare weather event called a derecho hit Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “This derecho has damaged almost every property in a city of more than 130,000 people,” said Elizabeth Malicki, news anchor at KCRG in Cedar Rapids. Malicki wonders why the national press has ignored this story.
The CBS-Fox combo earned two regional Emmy awards for coverage of an EF2 tornado. “For the second year in a row, this team has shown its commitment to breaking news, keeping folks safe and sharing stories that have impacted our viewers’ lives,” said Becky Gardner, KGAN-KFXA’s news director.