Orlando TV and Radio Stations Win Broadcast Journalism Awards – Orlando Sentinel

The Florida Association of Broadcast Journalists has announced its 2021 honorees. Each year, the organization — formerly known as the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters — honors professional and collegiate broadcast journalists across the Sunshine State.

For the 2021 competition, more than 40 radio and television stations submitted more than 550 entries featuring content produced in 2020, according to floridanewsawards.org.

In Orlando, several television and radio stations won awards in the Television I Large Market and Radio Statewide categories. The Central Florida winners are as follows.

  • Heritage Award — WKMG-Channel 6′s Tee Taylor
  • General Station of the Year — WKMG-Channel 6
  • Community Service Station of the Year — WESH-Channel 2 for Project Community & Share Your Christmas (Marcie Golgoski, Jacob Wiklund and the WESH 2 News team)
  • Best Morning Newscast — Spectrum News 13 for “Tornado Touchdown”
  • Best Evening News — WKMG-Channel 6 for “Returns to Space” (Thomas Mates, Joseph Grenon and Jason Olson)
  • Digital programming WFTV-Channel 9 for “Introducing the Ocoee Massacre” (Vanessa Echols and Tristan Peterson)
  • Continuous coverage Spectrum News 13 for “Filing Failures: Florida’s Unemployment Troubles” (Greg Angel and Eugene Buenaventura)
  • Team coverage: WKMG-Channel 6 for “Back to Space”
  • Environmental reports | Series – Spectrum News 13 for “Watchdog: Rising Waters” (Asher Wildman, Ruben Almeida and Arnie Girard)
  • General assignment | Long – Spectrum News 13 for “Flight of the Pandemic” (Greg Angel and Eugene Buenaventura)
  • General public, financial and economic reports — Spectrum News 13 for “Filing Failures: Florida’s Unemployment Fights” (Greg Angel and Eugene Buenaventura)
  • Series / Franchise | Light – Spectrum News 13 for “Street Level Orlando”
  • Series / Franchise | Hard – Spectrum News 13 for “Watchdog: Cold Case” (Curtis McCloud and Eugene Buenaventura)
  • Education Reports | Alone – Spectrum News 13 for “UCF: University Cyberforce” (Cheryn Stone and Michael Wash Jr.)
  • Feature Reports | Hard – WKMG-Channel 6 for “Fighting Crime with Drones” (Mike Holfeld and Robert Breuer)
  • Feature Reports | Light – Spectrum News 13 for “Street Level: US 27”
  • Feature Reports | Cultural & Historical — WKMG-Channel 6 for “Real Talk”
  • Weather Reports | Alone – Spectrum News 13 for “Tracking a Tornado” (David Hechard and Bryan Karrick)
  • Traffic / Transportation Reports — WKMG-Channel 6 for “Boomtown: Woman on Bus” (Nadeen Yanes and Jeff Segers)
  • Public Affairs / TV Magazine — WESH-Channel 2 for “WESH 2 Chronicle: Wasted – How Your Recycling Gets Trashed”
  • Online / Web / Digital — WKMG-Channel 6/clickorlando.com
  • Use of technology — WKMG-Channel 6 for virtual space experience and News 360
  • Investigative reporting | Alone – Spectrum News 13 for “Medical abuse” (Stéphanie Coueignoux and Eugène Buenaventura)
  • Health Reports | Alone – Spectrum News 13 for “Preaching the Vaccine” (Curtis McCloud and Ruben Almeida)
  • Health Reports | Series – WKMG-Channel 6 for “Contact Tracing Investigation” (Louis Bolden and Corie Murray)
  • Political, government and election reporting | Alone – Spectrum News 13 for “Guardian in Disguise” (Greg Angel and Mike Wash)
  • Political, government and election reporting | Series – Spectrum News 13 for “Decision 2020: I4 Tour” (Greg Angel, Eugene Buenaventura, Michael Wash Jr. and Ben Boocker)
  • Political, government and election reporting | Resort – Spectrum News 13 for “Decision 2020”
  • Individual Achievement: Writing — Spectrum News 13’s Julie Gargotta for “Listen, Read, Write, Repeat”
  • Individual Achievement: Writer — Spectrum News 13’s Eugene Buenaventura for “Let’s Talk Effects, Baby”
  • Individual achievement: Photojournalist — Spectrum News 13’s Eugene Buenaventura for “Sugar. Spice. Large. Medium. Tights”
  • Individual Achievement: Multimedia Journalist — Spectrum News 13′s Rachael Krause
  • Individual achievement: weather commentator — Bryan Karrick of Spectrum News 13
  • Digital programming — WMFE-90.7 FM for “Drained: A Podcast About the Massive Plan to Save the Everglades” (Amy Green, Trevor Aaronson and Ryan Ellison)
  • Public affairs – WMFE-90.7 FM for “Return to Flight” (Brendan Byrne, Matthew Peddie and Ryan Ellison)
  • Health Reports | Series – WMFE-90.7 FM for “Convalescent Plasma” (Abe Aboraya)
  • Political, governmental and electoral reports | Series – WDBO-107.3 FM for special coverage of the 2020 election (Tony Marino)
  • Individual achievement: reports — WDBO-107.3 FM Katrina Scales
  • Individual Achievement: Anchor — Kevin Rafuse of WDBO-107.3 FM

To see the full list of winners, go to floridanewsawards.org/2020-professional-contest-winners.

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