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Local stations capture state AP awards

Saturday, June 09, 2001

By Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor

The Pennsylvania Associated Press broadcast awards were announced last Saturday, and Pittsburgh stations cleaned up.

In television, WPXI was the big winner. KDKA and WTAE did not enter the competition, according to an AP spokesman. In radio, KQV won three awards and KDKA won one. WDUQ entered but did not win any awards.

Here's a list of the winners:

Television

Spot news: WPXI took first place in the state among major market television stations for its coverage of the Wilkinsburg shooting. Judges commented, "Seemed like this newsroom knows how to handle breaking news."

Regularly scheduled newscast: WPXI came in first for its Sept. 27, 2000, 11 p.m. newscast on the murder of Scott Drake. WPGH took third place for a newscast on Nov. 16, 2000, produced by Chris Swope.

Joe Snyder Award for outstanding news service: WPXI took this award. Judges said Channel 11 "showed great poise covering some of the big stories of the year in Pittsburgh. Over all, it seemed like a very comfortable newscast to watch that had solid content but yet seriously considered cosmetic and graphic angles."

Regularly scheduled weathercast: Steve Teeling at WPXI took first place, and Matt Morano at WPGH came in second.

Sportscast: Alby Oxenreiter and Matt Fine received a second-place award for their sports segments on WPGH's "Ten O'Clock News."

Enterprise/individual reporting: WPXI reporter Andy Gastmeyer, producer Patti DiVincenzo and photographer/editor Scott Dobson won third place for a story on the arrest of a child molester.

Public affairs: Channel 11 garnered a third-place win for its "11 Listens: Town Meeting" program from Wilkinsburg.

Feature: Channel 11 reporter Keith Jones and photographer/editor Tony Ruffolo won first place for a report on tailgating and binge drinking.

News photography: Channel 11 photographer/editor Dobson won a first-place prize in this category for his half-hour special "Galapagos Adventure." Judges called it "beautifully shot and edited."

Sports photography: WPXI photographer/editor Richard Kenyon won first place for a story on a 9-year-old bowler.

Radio

Feature: Reporter Elaine Effort of KQV won first place for a story on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Children's Museum. Judges said the "entry had an excellent use of sound to advance the story. KQV came up with a unique way to look at Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy from today's perspective."

Sportscast: KQV reporter Eric Hagman placed first for his morning drive sports report on Dec. 17, 2000. Judges said "his no-nonsense approach is articulate, which makes it easy for nonsports fans to understand, yet his coverage is thorough enough for the die-hards."

KDKA's Thor Tolo took a third-place award for his "Fastest Two Minutes in Sports" segment.

Sports feature: Hagman also came in first for a portion of a five-part series he did on KQV the week before the Steelers played their final game at Three Rivers Stadium.

Thursday, June 07, 2001

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