WCVB, the Hearst ABC affiliate in Boston, raised more than $350,000 to help those still struggling in the aftermath of a gas line disaster in September that caused explosions and more than 80 individual fires in Massachusetts. “We experienced first-hand the staff’s warmth, sincerity, and generosity; and it is clear why WCVB Channel 5 is such a trusted community partner,” said Carol Lavoie Schuster of the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund team.
WAPT, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Jackson, Mississippi continued its annual Turkey Drive tradition with record numbers this year. “Mississippi has long been known as one of the most generous states in the nation,” said Mike Neelly, WAPT’s general manager. “When our neighbors need help, we step up to the challenge, and that’s exactly what we saw with this year’s Turkey Drive.”
KCCI, the Hearst-owned CBS affiliate in Des Moines, Iowa took the top spot in the Small-Medium Market category. Hope Wilson, KCCI’s social media producer, said the station likes to focus on finding personal moments and really incredible people.
Travis Sherwin will move from being the news director at Hearst’s WPBF in West Palm to head up the company’s national investigative unit out of Washington, D.C. Sherwin said that while he enjoyed being a news director, “this is where my heart is, telling stories that are compelling and that people care about.”
A devastating wildfire burning in California has claimed 42 lives, making it the deadliest in the state’s history. KCRA and KQCA held a disaster relief drive that raised more than $1,250,000 to support people impacted by the wildfires. “The devastation from the Butte County wildfire is just staggering,” said Lori Waldon, KCRA’s news director. “Most likely it will get worse.”
Randy Thurman, creative services director at KHSB in Kansas City, sent along some promos for the Kansas City Chiefs which feature a well-known Hollywood actor. Seems the actor is a big fan of the Chiefs and happened to be in town. “I guess the point of it all is never be afraid to ask anyone, even a Hollywood actor, to do something – they might actually say yes,” said Thurman.
The National Weather Association named Amy Sweezey its annual Broadcaster of the Year. “The award may represent one year but Amy puts in the effort to elevate broadcast meteorology and humanity all years,” said Alan Sealls, NWA president.
KMBC’s debate tonight will include questions from local voters from across the political spectrum. “Keeping viewers informed as they prepare to vote is an enormous responsibility and one of our most important roles as journalists in Kansas City,” said Dan O’Donnell, KMBC’s news director.
WLWT is broadcasting the hour-long debate between Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Jim Renacci without commercials. “This debate represents WLWT News 5’s commitment to voters, to have their questions answered by the candidates, live and unedited,” said Jeff Benscoter, WLWT’s news director.
The donations collected will go toward food, water and cleaning supplies for families as they reclaim their homes from Hurricane Michael. “This city knows how devastating it can be to lose everything,” said Joel Vilmenay, WDSU’s general manager.