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2017 RTDNAC/AP Award Winners

Winners were announced Nov. 11, 2017, 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

Daytime Newscast (North Carolina)

– First Place: WSOC – Eyewitness News Daybreak

Daytime Newscast (South Carolina)

– First Place: WIS – 6 a.m. June 29, 2017

Evening Newscast (North Carolina)

– First Place: WSOC – Channel 9 Eyewitness News
– Second Place: WNCN CBS North Carolina – CBS North Carolina News at 11 (May 2, 2017) – Jeremy Spearman, Kim Stephens, Alena Oakes, Marcus Wilson, CBS NC Nightside Team

Evening Newscast (South Carolina)

– First Place: WSPA – 7 News at 6 p.m. – Eric Sheffield, Donald Graham, Tom Crabtree, Diane Lee, Dan Bickford
– Second Place: WSPA – 7 News Live at 5 p.m. – Jennifer Robinson, Gordon Dill, Diane Lee, Christy Henderson, Dan Bickford

First Amendment Award of Excellence

– First Place: WSOC – Mecklenburg County Health Department Investigation 

Outstanding News Operation (North Carolina)

– First Place: WRAL-TV
– Second Place: WSOC-TV 

Outstanding News Operation (South Carolina)

– First Place: WYFF News 4 – Bruce Barkley, Lee Brown, Jennifer Mihalic, Anne Newman, Anna Dobbins

RTDNAC Awards

Best Newscast

– First Place: WSOC – Channel 9 Eyewitness News
– Second Place: WXII – WXII 12 News at 11 

Breaking News

– First Place: WBTV – Keith Lamont Scott Riot
– Second Place: FOX 46 Charlotte WJZY – Charlotte Riots 

Consumer/Economic

– First Place: WNCN CBS North Carolina – Avoid Summer Camp Scams – Sean Maroney, Michael Barnard, Patrick Priest
– Second Place: WRAL – Dangerous Windows Spark Fires – Monica Laliberte, David McCorkle, Jennifer Sorber Smith 

Education

– First Place: WTVI PBS Charlotte – Carolina Impact / Shoes for Kids – Jeff Rivenbark, Russ Hunsinger
– Second Place: WRAL – Race Concerns in Schools 

Entertainment

– First Place: WRAL – Yoga Instructor Breaks Body Image Barriers – Candace Sweat, Richard Adkins
– Second Place: WRAL – Hidden Figures: Heroes Walk Among Us – Mikaya Thurmond, Darrell Pryor 

General News

– First Place: WTVI PBS Charlotte – Carolina Impact / After the Protest – Jeff Sonier, Doug Stacker
– Second Place: WRAL – Teenager Meets Heart Donor's Family – Bryan Mims, Edward Wilson 

General News by Multimedia Journalist

– First Place: WBTV – The Veteran's Portrait Project – Sarah Blake Morgan
– Second Place: FOX 46 Charlotte WJZY – Police Confront Dumpster Diver, Yoga Studio 

Hard News Feature

– First Place: UNC-TV – Endurance Seafood – Heather Burgiss, Matt Maisano
– Second Place: WSOC – Prison Contraband Cellphones – Paul Boyd, Mike Stolp 

Health-Medicine

– First Place: UNC-TV – Type 1 Football Heroes – Heather Burgiss, Dan Powers
– Second Place: WRAL – Navigating the Cancer Journey – Renee Chou, Greg Clark 

Investigative

– First Place: WBTV – WBTV Investigates: Holding Law Enforcement Accountable – Nick Ochsner, Corey Schmidt
– Second Place: WBTV – WBTV Investigates: Union County Parents Speak Out – Corey Schmidt, Nick Ochsner 

Light Feature

– First Place: WRAL – Foster Children Find Forever Families – Julia Sims, Chad Flowers
– Second Place: WLOS – Stairs to Space – John Le, Ken Corn
– Second Place: WNCN CBS North Carolina – Student Musician Grammy-Bound – Justin Quesinberry 

News Special

– First Place: WCNC – IMPACT
– First Place: WRAL – Black & Blue – Jim Rothschild, Clay Johnson, Jay Jennings, Shan Zhong, Gerald Owens
– Second Place: WRAL – Fran – Clay Johnson, Jay Jennings, Shan Zhong, Bill Leslie 

News Website

– First Place: WRAL-TV – WRAL.com
– Second Place: WCNC – WCNC.com 

Original Web Reporting

– First Place: WCNC – Impact Team Cuts Through Racial Tensions
– Second Place: WSOC – Fall Foliage 

Photography

– First Place: WGHP – Living the Dream – Chris Weaver
– Second Place: WTVI PBS Charlotte – Carolina Impact / The Violinmaker – Doug Stacker 

Political

– First Place: WTVD ABC 11 Eyewitness News – Race for N.C. Governor – Jonah Kaplan, Zachary Abrams
– Second Place: WBTV – Hidden Camera Investigation Uncovers Campaign Tricks – Corey Schmidt, Nick Ochsner 

Series

– First Place: FOX 46 Charlotte WJZY – Synthetic Marijuana User Gets Second Chance
– Second Place: WLOS – Fighting the Opioid Crisis: On the Front Lines – Derek Bryant

 Special Report

– First Place: WBTV – Riots Break Out in Charlotte
– Second Place: Spectrum News – RNC Final Night – Tim Boyum, Loretta Boniti, Dale McElrath, Ben McNeely, Kirstin Garriss 

Sports Reporting

– First Place: WCNC – Unspoken Language – Kelsey Riggs
– Second Place: WRAL – Ryan Held Wins Olympic Gold – Jeff Gravley, Debra Morgan, Brad Simmons, Keith Baker 

Sports Special

– First Place: WIS – Countdown to the Sweet 16
– Second Place: WXII – Richard Petty: Heart of a Champion 

Use of Social Media

– First Place: FOX8 WGHP
– Second Place: WYFF News 4 – Janice Limon, Stephanie Towers, Carla Field, Bruce Barkley

Use of Technology

No winners

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TV II

AP Awards

Daytime Newscast (North Carolina)

No winners

Daytime Newscast (South Carolina)

– First Place: WCSC – Live 5 News This Morning: May 5, 2017

Evening Newscast (North Carolina)

– First Place: WWAY – WWAY News
– Second Place: WITN – WITN News at 6 p.m. 

Evening Newscast (South Carolina)

– First Place: WCIV – May 2, 2017 - 5 p.m. – Jacquie Vargas
– Second Place: WCSC – Live 5 News at 11: Severe Storms in the Lowcountry 

Outstanding News Operation (North Carolina)

– First Place: WECT-TV
– Second Place: WITN 

Outstanding News Operation (South Carolina)

– First Place: WCSC Live 5 News

RTDNAC Awards

Best Newscast

– First Place: WMBF – Oct. 10, 2016 - 6 p.m. – Matt Moore, Catherine Franklin, Ashley Talley, Jamie Arnold
– Second Place: WCIV – President Trump Visits Boeing (Feb. 17, 2017) 

Breaking News

– First Place: WBTW – Hurricane Matthew - Cherry Grove Fire – Jill Esteves, Nicole Boone, Conan Gasque, WBTW News Team
– First Place: WMBF – Cherry Grove Fire (Oct. 8, 2016) – Ashley Talley, Catherine Franklin, Matt Moore, Daniel Fanning, Christel Bell
– Second Place: WCSC – Hurricane Matthew 

Consumer/Economic

– First Place: WMBF – Warranty Worries – Michael Maely, Michael Walter
– Second Place: WITN – Card Fraud – Dave Jordan, Brandon Hardison 

Education

– First Place: WECT – Living With Dyslexia – Kim Ratcliff, Mike Pelzer
– Second Place: WCSC – Behind the Video: Frequency of School Fights 

Entertainment

No entries

General News

– First Place: WECT – 'Dear Mr. President, Please Help My Father' – Marissa Hundley
– Second Place: WCTI NewsChannel 12 – Looks Like a Taco Bell Truck – Allen Fairbanks, Brian North 

General News by Multimedia Journalist

– First Place: WECT – A Mother's Grief – WECT, Chelsea Donovan
– First Place: WNCT – Proposed Shrimping Regulations Raise Concerns
– Elizabeth Tew– Second Place: WCIV – Morning of Mystery – Josh Rogers 

Hard News Feature

– First Place: WCSC – Charleston 9: Never Forget - Louis Mulkey – Kyle Jordan, Gene Edwards
– Second Place: WECT – Mother Seeks Justice for Son's Overdose Death 

Health-Medicine

– First Place: WBTW – In-Depth Look at Neonatal Care in Horry County – Abbey O'Brien
– Second Place: WNCT – Blood, Sweat, Tears – Angela Green, Kenneth Roundtree, Kevin O'Brien 

Investigative

– First Place: WCBD – News 2 I-Team Investigation: Tripp Rabon – Rebecca Collett
– Second Place: WCSC – Live 5 Investigates: DSS Training Requirements – Carter Coyle 

Light Feature

– First Place: WCTI NewsChannel 12 – Call to Duty – Allen Fairbanks, Brian North
– Second Place: WITN – Anchor Tackles Beekeeping – Dave Jordan, Brandon Hardison 

News Special

– First Place: WCIV – Sofa Superstore: Ten Years Later – Jacquie Vargas, Alex Heaton, Dan Michener, Josh Benser
– Second Place: ABC 15 WPDE – One Year Later: Historic Flood 

News Website

– First Place: WMBF – WMBFNews.com
– Second Place: WCSC – Live5News.com
– Second Place: WECT – WECT.com 

Original Web Reporting

– First Place: WECT – Teen Optimistic About Future After Cardiac Arrest
– Second Place: WECT – Teen With Rare Disease Wants to Sing With American Idol

Photography

– First Place: WCTI NewsChannel 12 – The Germs Quiz: Bonus Round – Allen Fairbanks
– Second Place: WECT – Taking a Break to Fight Hunger – Ryan Koresko 

Political

– First Place: WECT – Trump Campaigns in Wilmington – Jon Evans, Susanna Black, Jasmine Turner, Ryan Koresko, Alex Nomick
– Second Place: WCIV – Trump Visits Boeing – Ashley Blackstone, Alex Heaton, Bill Burr, Jason Tighe, Dan Michener 

Series

– First Place: WNCT – After Matthew: Lessons Learned & What Needs to Be Done – Pierce Legeion, Kenneth Roundtree
– Second Place: WCBD – Blue Collar Jobs – Colby Thelen, Michael Kocis, Nick Nauert 

Special Report

– First Place: WWAY – Commercial-Free Election Night
– Second Place: WCSC – Michael Slager Pleads Guilty 

Sports Reporting

– First Place: WECT – Inspired by Phil – Ashlea Kosikowski, Ryan Koresko
– Second Place: WECT – East Bladen's Heartbreaking Night – Jeff Sonier, Doug Stacker 

Sports Special

– First Place: WCIV – CU in Tampa – Scott Eisberg, Daren Stoltzfus
– Second Place: WMBF – Darlington Race Day Live 2016

Use of Social Media

– First Place: WBTW – Eric Walters, Jo Brown, Kendall McGee, WBTW News Team
– Second Place: WCSC Live 5 News 

Use of Technology

– First Place: WCSC – #Live5BridgeRun

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Radio

AP Awards

Long Newscast (North Carolina)

No entries

Long Newscast (South Carolina)

No entries

Outstanding News Operation (North Carolina)

– First Place: Newsradio 680 WPTF – WPTF News Team

Outstanding News Operation (South Carolina)

No entries

Short Newscast (North Carolina)

– First Place: North Carolina News Network – NCN Morning News (Jan. 9, 2017) – Mike Raley

Short Newscast (South Carolina)

No entries

Use of Sound (North Carolina)

– First Place: WHQR – Planned Parenthood: Local & National Debate – Vince Winkel

Use of Sound (South Carolina)

No entries

RTDNAC Awards

Breaking News

– First Place: Newsradio 680 WPTF – Incident at Crabtree Valley Mall – Joe Wade Formicola, Bruce Ferrell, Annette Newell, Rick Martinez

Consumer/Economic

No entries

Education

No winners

Entertainment

– First Place: Newsradio 680 WPTF – Entertainment Report (Wednesday, May 31, 2017) – Scott Briggaman

General News

– First Place: 88.5 WFDD – Business 40 Changing Lanes – 88.5 WFDD, David Ford
– Second Place: WHQR – GenX: What's in the Drinking Water Supply? – Vince Winkel

Hard News Feature

No winners

Health-Medicine

No entries

Investigative

– First Place: 88.5 WFDD – There's 'A Lot More' Poultry Waste in N.C. Than Realized – 88.5 WFDD, Keri Brown

Light Feature

No entries

News Special

– First Place: Newsradio 680 WPTF – North Carolina Central Police Forum – Josh Zach

News Website

No entries

Political

– First Place: North Carolina News Network – Election Night 2016
– Second Place: WHQR – CoastLine Candidate Interviews of 2016 – Rachel Lewis Hilburn, Ken Campbell, Isabelle Shepherd

Radio News Block

– First Place: Newsradio 680 WPTF – North Carolina's Morning News (Oct. 10, 2016) – Patrick Johnson, Josh Zach, Mike Edwards, Anthony Wellman

Series

No entries

Special Report

No entries

Sports Reporting

No entries

Sports Special

No entries

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Individual Achievement

Radio Reporter of the Year

– First Place: WUNC - North Carolina Public Radio – Jeff Tiberii

TV News Anchor of the Year (TV I)

– First Place: WLOS – Evan Donovan
– First Place: WRAL – Debra Morgan
– Second Place: WRAL – Renee Chou 

TV News Anchor of the Year (TV II)

– First Place: WECT/FOX Wilmington – Jon Evans
– Second Place: WCSC – Bill Sharpe

TV News Anchor Team of the Year (TV I)

– First Place: WLOS – Evan Donovan & Zack Green – Evan Donovan, Zack Green, Jaimee Langton
– Second Place: WNCN CBS North Carolina – WNCN Weekend Morning Team – Beairshelle Edmé, Kristin Ketchell, Justin Quesinberry 

TV News Anchor Team of the Year (TV II)

– First Place: WCSC – Bill Sharpe & Debi Chard

TV News Multimedia Journalist of the Year (TV I)

– First Place: WBTV – Sarah Blake Morgan
– Second Place: WNCN CBS North Carolina – AJ Janavel

TV News Multimedia Journalist of the Year (TV II)

– First Place: WECT – Tess Bargebuhr
– Second Place: WNCT – Josh Birch 

TV News Photographer of the Year (TV I)

– First Place: WLOS – Matthew Yates
– Second Place: WLOS – Jordan Powell

TV News Photographer of the Year (TV II)

– First Place: WCIV – Jason Tighe
– Second Place: WCIV – Dave MacQueen 

TV News Producer of the Year (TV I)

– First Place: WBTV – Jessica Player
– Second Place: WRAL – Stephanie Beck

TV News Producer of the Year (TV II)

– First Place: WCIV – Alex Caban
– Second Place: WCIV – Drew Tripp 

TV News Reporter of the Year (TV I)

– First Place: WTVD ABC 11 Eyewitness News – Tim Pulliam
– Second Place: WBTV – Sarah Blake Morgan

TV News Reporter of the Year (TV II)

– First Place: WNCT – Zora Stephenson
– Second Place: WECT – Molly Oak

TV Sportscaster of the Year (TV I)

– First Place: WSPA – Todd Summers
– Second Place: WNCN CBS North Carolina – Jeff Jones

TV Sportscaster of the Year (TV II)

– Second Place: WCSC – Chris Obarski 

TV Weathercaster of the Year (TV I)

– First Place: WNCN CBS North Carolina – Kristin Ketchell
– Second Place: WHNS FOX Carolina – Kendra Kent
– Second Place: WSPA – Dan Bickford

TV Weathercaster of the Year (TV II)

– First Place: WCBD – Josh Marthers
– Second Place: WMBF – Robert Whitehurst 

Margaret Murchison News Director of the Year

– Spectrum News – Rick Willis

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Student

Feature Reporting (Radio)

– First Place: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Mermaids are Real at This Greensboro Pool – Jessica Coates
– Second Place: Elon University – A New Type of Family Weekend – Maya Eaglin

Feature Reporting (TV)

– First Place: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Cutting Hair & Cutting Communist Ties – Danielle Wallace
– Second Place: University of South Carolina – 30 Hours for 40 Minutes of Basketball – Brian Principe 

Multimedia Report (TV)

– First Place: Elon University – North Carolina Organization Listed as Hate Group
– Second Place: Elon University – Elon InterVarsity Reflects After National Reiteration – Jackie Pascale, Leena Dahal 

News Reporting (Radio)

– First Place: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Future of the ACA – David Doochin

News Reporting (TV)

– First Place: Elon University – Organization Headquartered Near Elon Listed as Hate Group 
– Second Place: University of South Carolina – Future of the Affordable Care Act – Brandon Knapp

Newscast (Radio)

– First Place: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Carolina Connection (April 8, 2017) 

Newscast (TV)

– First Place: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Carolina Week (Oct. 26, 2016) – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
– Second Place: Elon University – ENN: Elon Local News (Oct. 31, 2016)

Photography (TV)

– First Place: Elon University – Local Organization Listed as Hate Group 

Sports Story (Radio)

– First Place: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – The Franklin Street Journey to the Big Win – John Thomas

Sports Story (TV)

– First Place: University of South Carolina – Tebowmania – Brian Principe
– Second Place: University of South Carolina – Citadel Coach Defies the Odds – Nicole Butler

Sportscast (Radio)

No entries

Sportscast (TV)

– First Place: Elon University – Phoenix Women's Basketball Heading to NCAA Tournament – Alex Hager
– First Place: University of South Carolina – Carolina News Sportscast (April 24, 2017) – Brian Principe 

TV News Producing

– First Place: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Carolina Week (Oct. 26, 2016) – Lauren Kent
– Second Place: University of South Carolina – Carolina News (March 31, 2017) – Bryan Solomon

TV Weathercast

– First Place: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Weathercast (March 29, 2017) – Kyle Hansen
– Second Place: Elon University – Weathercast (May 8, 2017)

 Haney Howell Student Journalist of the Year

– First Place: University of South Carolina – Brian Principe
– Second Place: University of South Carolina – Hayley Anders 

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