2014 RTDNAC/AP Awards finalists

Below is the list of finalists for the 2014 RTNDAC/AP Awards competition. Finalists are listed in alphabetical order by station or school name and then by entry title.

Contest rules are available here.

Winners will be announced Nov. 15 at the RTDNAC/AP annual luncheon at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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TV I | TV II | Radio | Individual | Student

 

TV I

AP Awards

Best Newscast (North Carolina)
WNCN — 11 p.m. - State Fair Accident — Amy Holliday, Mike Riley, Derick Waller, Patrick Priest
WRAL — Kidnapped Man Rescued — Kimberly Ursich, Jay Nelson

Best Newscast (South Carolina)
WIS-TV — WIS News at 6
WYFF 4 — WYFF News 4

Outstanding News Operation (North Carolina)
WCNC — NBC Charlotte: Looking Out For You
WRAL — WRAL Outstanding News Operation

Outstanding News Operation (South Carolina)
WSPA-TV — WSPA-TV
WYFF 4 — WYFF News 4 — Bruce Barkley, Lee Brown, Akili Franklin, Janice Limon, Anna Dobbins

Public Service (North Carolina)
WBTV — Legalizing a Strain of Medical Marijuana in NC — Molly Grantham
WLOS ABC News 13 — Buried Secrets — Mike Mason, John Kirtley, Julie Fries

Public Service (South Carolina)
WSPA-TV — UpFront: Feast or Famine — Laura Thomas, Elizabeth Sanders, Jason Parker, Cass Chulick
WYFF 4 — Domestic Violence — Lee Brown, Jennifer Mihalic, John Hendon, Bruce Barkley
 

RTDNAC Awards

Best Newscast
WCNC-TV — Charlotte Mayor Arrested — Erin Newnam, Rad Berky, Ben Thompson, Stuart Watson, Staff
WNCN — WNCN News at 7 p.m. - Kelli Bordeaux — Kathleen Jacob, Kim Stephens, Sean Maroney, Melanie Sanders, Wes Hohenstein

Best Photography
WLOS ABC News 13 — The Dahlia Man — John Kirtley
WRAL — Nooks and Crannies — Richard Adkins

Consumer/Economic
WBTV — Fire Resistant Paint Investigation — Kristen Miranda, Brian Stephenson
WYFF 4 — WYFF News 4 Investigates: Laundry Pods — Gabrielle Komorowski, Michael Geer, Jennifer Mihalic

Education
WBTV — School Bus Safety Investigation — Kristen Miranda, Brian Stephenson
WSOC-TV — 9 Investigates: UNC Student Data — Peter Daut, Jeremy Letterman

Entertainment
Time Warner Cable News — Earl Scruggs Center — Richard Green
WBTV — On the Road With Scotty McCreery — Kristen Miranda, Brian Stephenson

General News
WRAL — Medical Miracle — Bruce Mildwurf, Ed Wilson, Greg Clark, Adam Owens, Cullen Browder
WSPA-TV — Tracking Your Money — Gordon Dill, Jason Parker

Hard News Feature
FOX 8 WGHP — Who's Watching You?
WNCN — Durham Man Becomes Someone Else After Identity Stolen — Sean Maroney, Kenneth Roundtree

Health-Medicine
WNCN — Charlotte's Web Debate — Eileen Park, Patrick Priest
WYFF 4 — The Gospel of Good Health — Carol Goldsmith, John Hendon, Jennifer Mihalic

Investigative
WBTV — Prison Bus Investigation — Jamie Boll, Jeff Keene
WLTX-TV — DSS: Is The System Broken?

Light Feature
WRAL — Willie McRae — Gerald Owens, Greg Clark
WTVD — Hand Me Ups — Heather Waliga, Domenico Zelano

News Documentary
WLOS ABC News 13 — Buried Secrets — Mike Mason, John Kirtley, Julie Fries
WRAL — Cut Loose and Cut Off — Clay Johnson, Jay Jennings, Steve Elizondo, Bill Leslie

News Website
WNCN — WNCN.com — Jake Seaton, Jeff Reves, Dane Huffman, Kristin Stepneski, Patrick Zarcone
WRAL — WRAL.com

Political-Election
WRAL — May Primary — Leesa Moore, Lori Grant, Jamie Thomas, John Renigar, Dave Henderson

Political-General
WSOC-TV — 1-on-1 with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx
WYFF 4 — Truth Check — Tim Waller, Daniel Crowe, Jennifer Mihalic

Series
WLOS ABC News 13 — Straight-Piping — Mike Mason, John Kirtley, Robert Mahosky
WSPA-TV — Dirty Water — Gordon Dill, Jason Parker, Doug Uhrich

Special Report
WBTV — "The Underworld Under Us" — Molly Grantham, Leighton Grant
WRAL — Mighty Endeavor — Stephanie Moore, Waliya Lari, James Ford, John Renigar, David Crabtree

Sports Reporting
WHNS-TV — Roscoe's Rise Back to Death Valley
WLTX-TV — Helmet/Concussion Investigation

Sports Special
WNCN — Dean Smith Medal of Freedom — Kathleen Jacob, Kim Stephens
WYFF 4 — The Rivalry — Brad Fralick, Marc Dopher, Mike Giordano, Jennifer Mihalic

Spot News
WIS-TV — Newberry County Manhunt
WSPA-TV — Kidnapping and Chase
 

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TV II

AP Awards

Best Newscast (North Carolina)
WITN — WITN News at 6
WWAY — Best Newscast

Best Newscast (South Carolina)
No entries

Outstanding News Operation (North Carolina)
WITN — WITN News

Outstanding News Operation (South Carolina)
No entries

Public Service (North Carolina)
No entries

Public Service (South Carolina)
WCIV — Saving Our Children: The Obesity Epidemic — Victoria Hansen, Dave MacQueen, Cathy Hobbs, Scott Garrand
 

RTDNAC Awards

Best Newscast
WITN — WITN News at 6
WNCT — WNCT 6 p.m. Newscast 11/27/13

Best Photography
WCTI NewsChannel 12 — Never Stop — Allen Fairbanks, Kyle Horan, Keith Jones, Christy Andrews
WECT News — Shaping the Perfect Ride — Bob Bonner

Consumer/Economic
WITN — Mine vs Mother Nature — Clayton Bauman
WWAY — Technological Teller — Sara Hopkins

Education
WECT News — Battle of the Bulge in Brunswick County — Ben Powell
WITN — Change With Lottery Money Impacts Students — Dave Jordan, Brandon Hardison

Entertainment
WCTI NewsChannel 12 — Ellen Bacca Does Her Best to Meet Jeff Gordon
WITN — 'The Voice' Experience — Dan Yesenosky

General News
WECT News — Pender Paving Controversy — Ann McAdams, Ryan Koresko
WECT News — The Fort Hood Fight — Jon Evans, Ryan Koresko

Hard News Feature
WCTI NewsChannel 12 — "Mom, I'm Going to Die." — Jaime McCutcheon, Allen Fairbanks
WECT News — Road to Recovery — Colin Hackman, Ryan Koresko

Health-Medicine
WECT News — Crohn's Disease Doesn't Sideline Coach — Bob Bonner
WECT News — Moving for Marijuana — Frances Weller, Ryan Koresko

Investigative
WECT News — Police Stingray Investigation — Alex Giles, Justin West, Ashlea Kosikowski, Ann McAdams
WECT News — Public Housing Income — Ann McAdams, Ryan Koresko

Light Feature
WCTI NewsChannel 12 — 100 Miles Per Hour In Memory Lane — Allen Fairbanks, Kyle Horan
WWAY — Bagpiping for Beginners — Makenzi Henderson

News Documentary
No entries

News Website
WCTI NewsChannel 12 — www.wcti12.com
WITN — www.witn.com

Political-Election
WITN — Decision 2013: November
WWAY — 11-5-13

Political-General
WECT News — Ola Lewis Explains Surprising Decision to Run for Chief Justice — Mike Pelzer, Justin Smith

Series
WECT News/FOX Wilmington — Murder Mysteries — Ashlea Kosikowski, Mark Stebnicki
WNCT — Faith Roundtable

Special Report
WCIV — Saving Our Children: The Obesity Epidemic — Victoria Hansen, Dave MacQueen, Cathy Hobbs, Scott Garrand
WECT News — 2014 WECT Hurricane Special — Gannon Medwick, Eric Davis, Iesha Scott, Colin Hackman, Heather Setzler

Sports Reporting
WCTI NewsChannel 12 — A Thankless Job — Allen Fairbanks, Brian North
WECT News — Pickle Ball — Ben Powell, Ryan Koresko

Sports Special
WITN — The WITN EndZone
WWAY — Full Court Press — John Rendleman, Chasity Melvin

Spot News
FOX Wilmington — In the Right Place at the Right Time: Training Turns into Rescue — Bailey Hicks
WECT News/FOX Wilmington — Deputy Shot in Creekwood — Kasey Cunningham, Jon Evans, Alex Giles, Bailey Hicks, Mark Stebnicki
 

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Radio

AP Awards

Best Newscast (North Carolina)
News Radio 680 WPTF Raleigh — Team Coverage

Best Newscast (South Carolina)
News Radio 94.3 WSC — Surviving Snowmageddon 2014

Outstanding News Operation (North Carolina)
News Radio 680 WPTF Raleigh — Team Coverage

Outstanding News Operation (South Carolina)
News Radio 94.3 WSC — 'Mornings with Kelly Golden' on 94.3 WSC — Kelly Golden, Joseph Kurt, Stu Morris, Josh Coley

Public Service (North Carolina)
88.5 WFDD — School Choice, Vouchers & Charters — 88.5 WFDD, Keri Brown, Paul Garber

Public Service (South Carolina)
Clear Channel Charleston — Saluting Our Hometown Heroes — 94.3 WSC, Kelly Golden
 

RTDNAC Awards

Best Newscast
106.1 FM Talk, WTKK — News/Public Affairs Director
North Carolina News Network — November 27, 2013 Newscast — Mike Raley

Consumer/Economic
No entries

Education
88.5 WFDD — Are Charter Schools a Threat to Traditional Public Schools? — 88.5 WFDD, Keri Brown

Entertainment
No entries

General News
88.5 WFDD — Community Members Fight to Keep Farm Animals at Children's Home — 88.5 WFDD, Keri Brown
WBT — Patrick Cannon Scandal — Chris Miller, Mark Garrison, Mike Doyle

Hard News Feature
No finalists

Health-Medicine
88.5 WFDD — Guilford County's HealthServe Closes Doors — 88.5 WFDD, Kathryn Mobley

Investigative
No finalists

Light Feature
No finalists

News Documentary
No entries

News Website
No entries

Political-Election
No entries

Political-General
News Radio 680 WPTF Raleigh — NC House Debates Senate Bill 353 — Josh Zach

Radio News Block
88.5 WFDD — Another Blast of Old Man Winter Cripples Morning Commute — 88.5 WFDD, Keri Brown
News Radio 680 WPTF Raleigh — North Carolina's Evening News, Team Coverage — Scott Briggaman, Bruce Ferrell, Josh Zach, Brian LeBlanc

Series
88.5 WFDD — Freedom Songs, Changing People and a Nation — 88.5 WFDD, Kathryn Mobley
WHQR — Film in Wilmington, Parts 1-3 — Rachel Lewis Hilburn

Special Report
No entries

Sports Reporting
No entries

Sports Special
No entries

Spot News
88.5 WFDD — Shooting at Carver High School — 88.5 WFDD, Keri Brown
WBT — Mayor Cannon Arrested — Chris Miller
 

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Individual Achievement

Best Sportscaster (TV I)
WRAL — Jeff Gravley
WYFF 4 — Brad Fralick

Best Sportscaster (TV II)
No finalists

Best Weathercaster (TV I)
WBTV — Al Conklin
WYFF 4 — John Cessarich

Best Weathercaster (TV II)
WBTW News 13 — Andrew Phillips
WWAY — Christina Anthony

Radio Reporter of the Year
News Radio 680 WPTF Raleigh — Josh Zach

TV News Anchor of the Year (TV I)
WRAL — David Crabtree
WSPA-TV — Amy Wood

TV News Anchor of the Year (TV II)
WECT News — Frances Weller
WECT News/FOX Wilmington — Jon Evans

TV News Photographer of the Year (TV I)
WLOS ABC News 13 — John Kirtley
WRAL — Greg Clark
WYFF 4 — John Hendon

TV News Photographer of the Year (TV II)
WCTI NewsChannel 12 — Allen Fairbanks
WMBF — Michael Walter

TV News Producer of the Year (TV I)
WBTV — Joshua Roberts
WRAL — Kimberly Ursich

TV News Producer of the Year (TV II)
WECT News — Steve Roth
WWAY — Ashley Cimino

TV News Reporter of the Year (TV I)
WRAL — Adam Owens
WSPA-TV — Gordon Dill

TV News Reporter of the Year (TV II)
WCIV — Valencia Wicker
WITN — Carly Swain
 

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Student

Best Student Feature Reporting (Radio)
Carolina Connection, UNC-Chapel Hill— The Comeback of Vinyl Albums — Andrew Stern

Best Student Feature Reporting (TV)
Carolina News, University of South Carolina — Eliza's Story — Jordan Gougeon
Carolina Week, UNC-Chapel Hill— Atlantis Project Program — Brenna Cukier

Best Student News Producing
Carolina Week, UNC-Chapel Hill— April 16th Full Show
Elon University — Elon Local News — Jeff Ackermann

Best Student News Reporting (Radio)
Carolina Connection, UNC-Chapel Hill— New Law Allows More Guns at UNC — Charlie Shelton

Best Student News Reporting (TV)
Carolina News, University of South Carolina — Carolina Alert — Emily McDonnell
Carolina Week, UNC-Chapel Hill — David Shannon 911 — Landon Dowdy

Best Student Newscast (Radio)
No finalists

Best Student Newscast (TV)
Carolina Week, UNC-Chapel Hill— April 9th Full Show — Dana Monocky, Evan Badler
Elon Local News, Elon University — ELN September 30, 2013

Best Student Photography
Carolina Week, UNC-Chapel Hill— Brooke Baldwin Returns — Madison Way
Winthrop University — Come See Me Festival Frog Jumping Contest — Cameron Powell

Best Student Sports Story
Carolina News, University of South Carolina — Recruiting Rankings — Rixon Lane
Carolina Week, UNC-Chapel Hill— The Cost of Recruiting — Janelle Davis

Best Student Sportscast
Carolina Week, UNC-Chapel Hill— April 16th Sportscast — Nicole Comparato, Ryan O'Rorke

Best Student Weathercast
Carolina Week, UNC-Chapel Hill— Drew Day — Drew Day

D. Haney Howell Student Journalist of the Year
Carolina Week, UNC-Chapel Hill— David Shannon Investigation — Landon Dowdy
Elon Local News, Elon University — Joe Bruno — Joe Bruno
 

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