The Scripps Phoenix ABC affiliate won in the Outstanding Regional News Story: Investigative Report category for its Abuse of Force investigative series, which has prompted an FBI investigation into a local police department’s use of force.
“There’s a story here about the importance of what we do, and the resiliency of the people that do it,” wrote Mark Klein, creative services director at KALB in Alexandria, Louisiana. “What’s been accomplished to broadcast life-saving information in Lake Charles and the other surrounding areas that were devastated by Laura is a testament to the strength of the individual stations, and how they’ve worked together under Gray to succeed against all obstacles.”
Brendan Keefe, chief investigative reporter at WXIA, Tegna’s NBC affiliate in Atlanta, has pretty much been a one-man-band since he was hired as a news photographer in 1991. Today, Keefe is the leader of the investigative team at WXIA, and the corporate trainer for all 60 Tegna stations.
“Our friends at WCVB have once again shown why they are leaders in our community by generously dedicating a whole day to raising awareness and encouraging all of us to take action towards providing hunger-relief to those in need,” said Catherine D’Amato, Greater Boston Food Bank’s president.
WMC, Gray’s NBC affiliate in Memphis, organized a fundraising event to supply each student in the largest school district in Tennessee with microphone equipped headsets to aid with virtual learning. “This goes to show just how critical local broadcasters can be to a community and our continued relevance in an increasing connected world,” said Jonathan Mitchell, WMC’s general manager.
Although Hurricane Laura, a category 4 hurricane, spared New Orleans, it did hit the coast of Louisiana west of the city hard causing wide-spread destruction, and forcing many to evacuate to New Orleans. So WDSU stepped up and organized a telethon to raise funds to feed the hungry victims. “Our community knows how devastating it can be to lose everything in a hurricane,” said Joel Vilmenay, WDSU’s general manager.
Hannah Campbell is a reporter/multimedia journalist at KAIT, in Jonesboro, Ark. She’s been on the job for three weeks. I was interested in hearing from Campbell on what it’s like, how she’s adjusting and how her college training prepared her for the role.
With the 2020 census nearing the Sept. 30 deadline and an estimated 25 million households still uncounted, the ABC Owned TV stations have organized a one-day-only virtual census phone bank for a nationwide outreach to be held today, Wednesday, Sept. 9th.
Since 2014, NBC and Telemundo owned stations’ Clear The Shelters campaign has helped more than half a million pets find new homes. In Trenton, N.J., a dog that had been living in a shelter for seven years found a new home.
New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include an opening for a vice president-general manager at a duopoly in Pennsylvania.