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ABC Action News tops among local TV stations in Florida Associated Press Broadcasters awards



wftsinhd.jpgThe Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Awards were announced Saturday night, and Tampa-area TV stations dominated the large market category, with local ABC affiliate WFTS-Ch. 28 (a.k.a., ABC Action News) earning seven first-place awards and a dozen honors overall.

Below is the list of awards for large market stations (Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Sarasota, Tampa-St. Petersburg and Orlando), with the first station or individual listed as the first place winner.

mclaughlin.jpgCool to see WFTS anchor Brendan McLaughlin -- who embraced a job change which led him to work as a one-man band, filming his own stories -- honored as best mobile journalist and longtime street reporter Mike Deeson at WTSP-Ch. 10 getting an individual achievement award. According to Deeson's Facebook page, he's earned that honor in every decade since the '80s.

Tampa NPR affiliate WUSF also won three awards in radio categories, for mobile journalist, best newscast and investigative reporting. It was the only Tampa station to win.

The TV list follows:

TV Large Market

Election Coverage

1) Bay News 9: Florida Decides Election 2010, Matt Borek, Liz Rosenblum. 2) WLTV: Destino 2010 WLTV News Staff.

Mobile Journalist

1) WFTS: Brendan McLaughlin. 2) WTSP: Noah Pransky.

Web site

1) WFTS:; 2) WTVT: Staff

Best Newscast

1) WFLA: News Channel 8 at 11. 2) WFTS: ABC Action News

Spot News

1) Bay News 9: Clearwater Plane into House, Angeeneh Adamian, Peter Stoeck; 2) WFTS: MISSING GIRL FOUND, Staff

Continuing Coverage

1) Bay News 9: TPD Shooting staff; 2) WFTS: CONTINUING COVERAGE, TPD Officers Killed Staff


1) WTVT: "Winning Double Header" FOX 13 Sports.

Sports Feature

1) WTSP: Climbing to the Top of the Trop, Noah Pransky; 2) WFLA: Matt Joyce one-on-One Gayle Sierens, Michael Egger

Breaking Sports

1) WFTS: USF COACH FIRED, WFTS Staff; 2) WTVT: "USF Hires Skip Holtz" FOX 13 Sports

Best Weathercast

1) Bay News 9: February Storm Mike Clay, Brian McClure; 2) WFTS: Severe Tampa Weather Staff , Denis Philips

Weather Reporting

1) WFLA: Hurricane Season 2010: Get Ready, Steve Jerve, Ginger Thorpe, Matt Messman; 2) CFN 13: Tornado Warning 1/25/10 Jeff Day, Ali Turiano

Photo Essay

1) WTSP: Pride, Honor and Respect, Angela Clooney  

Light Feature

1) CFN 13: Florida on a Tankful, Skunk Ape, Scott Fais; 2) WTSP Astronaut and Mom Nicole Stott Grayson Kamm

Hard News Feature

1) WFTS: Elaine's Story of Survival, Linda Hurtado, Scott Eason; 2) WTSP Skyway Disaster Anniversary Grayson Kamm, Ben Reiff

Public Affairs

1) WFTS: Taking Action Against Domestic Violence, Jennifer McVan, Lissette Campos, Rich Pegram; 2) WFLA Decision 2010: Candidates One-On-One, Keith Cate, Ginger Thorpe, Michael Egger

Series Reporting

1) America TeVe: En Directo desde Haiti ALEJANDRA MOLINA, LUIS QUIAN; 2) WFTS: Dirty Dining Compilation, Wendy Ryan, John Fulton

Individual Achievement

1) WTSP: Mike Deeson 2) WTSP: Kathryn Bursch


1) WFTS: NORMAN INVESTIGATION, Alan Cohn , Randy Wright, Doug Iten; 2) WFLA: Let Them Eat Cheesecake, Steve Andrews, Gordon Dempsey


1) WFTS: ABC Action News; 2) Bay News 9, staff

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 1:49pm]


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