ABC News’ Zachary Kiesch, keynote speaker at fall awards luncheon

Zachary Kiesch, ABC NewsABC News’ Zachary Kiesch will be the keynote speaker at the RTDNAC/AP Convention & Awards Luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Kiesch is a seasoned journalist, reporting on criminal justice reform, education and housing issues. He’s covered many civil rights protests and, notably, the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death in Baltimore.

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2019 RTDNAC/AP Awards finalists

RTDNAC and AP will also announce at the luncheon the winners of the 2019 awards competition, which recognizes the best of TV, radio, website and collegiate work from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019.

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Longtime RTDNAC board member and Winthrop University professor dies

Haney Howell, a former network journalist and educator, died Monday, February 11 at the age of 75. Haney joined the RTDNAC board in 1989 and was the longtime awards chairman for the organization. He was remembered by his fellow board members.

2019 student workshop a success

More than 70 students from North and South Carolina traveled to WBTV in Charlotte for the annual RTDNAC workshop. Many of the students were seniors looking to get that last piece of advice before graduation.

The day brings together students with television, radio and digital professions to learn in a series of half day workshops.

This year the event played host to students from 14 universities. Sessions included How to Get Your First Job, News Producing, Broadcast Voice, and Reporting/Anchoring for Radio/TV. The students always look forward to one-on-one critiques from veterans of the broadcasting business.

A highlight of the day was awarding two scholarships. Jonathon Sarver at Elon University was chosen as the NC winner and Zuri Anderson at Winthrop University was the SC winner. Planning is already underway for next years event.

RTDNAC awards two scholarships

The Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas (RTDNAC) presented two Dr. John R. Bittner Scholarships at its annual Student Workshop at WBTV in Charlotte on February 9, 2019. The 2019 recipients are Jonathan Sarver, Jr., a student at Elon University, and Zuri Anderson at Winthrop University.

(Meet the winners ...)