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.
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.
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.