DENVER - 7NEWS is thrilled to announce the outstanding honor of receiving 6 first place and 4 second place awards from the Associated Press Television and Radio Association including a nod for most esteemed award, “Station of the Year.” 7NEWS was singled out among 13 states in the western region including Colorado for their commitment to serving their community.
“It’s quite an honor considering all of the incredible journalism throughout the western region. We are proud that our hard work brings light to our community and change to our laws and the entire 7NEWS team is grateful for the recognition from APTRA,” said 7NEWS News Director, Jeff Harris.
"The APTRA Awards represent the highest standards of broadcast journalism in the western 13 state APTRA region," said board president John Shaffer. "This year the APTRA Awards were more competitive than they have been in the past thanks to an increase in the numbers of entries, both on the individual and station level."
In words of the judges, 7NEWS was awarded Station of the Year for demonstrating “the theme of community and accountability” in news and continuing coverage. See a complete list of 7NEWS honors below.
Station of the Year: 1st place 7NEWS, Denver: Jeff Harris for "KMGH - 7News"
Bill Stout Award for Station Spot News: 1st place 7NEWS, Denver: Jeff Harris for "Colorado Flooding"
Best Spot News Story: 1st place 7NEWS, Denver: Anne Trujillo, Mike Landess, Melissa Krol, Jon Stone, Carl Bilek for "Black Forest Fire"
Best Investigative reporting: 1st place 7NEWS, Denver: Theresa Marchetta, Jennifer Castor, Carl Bilek for "Tracking Danger: Colorado's Failing Parole System"
Best Special Program: 1st place 7NEWS , Denver: John Ferrugia, Jason Foster, Keli Rabon, Jeff Harris, Carl Bilek for "Contrary to the Public Interest"
Best Anchor or Anchor Team: 2nd place 7NEWS, Denver: Anne Trujillo and Mike Landess
Best Assignment Team/Live Breaking News: 2nd place 7NEWS, Denver: Melissa Krol, Rory Schmalzried, Richard Cote for "Arapahoe High School Shooting"
Best Morning News Broadcast:1st place 7NEWS, Denver: Keely Walker, Nicole Denne, Bob Sandoval for "7NewsNow: Colorado Flooding"
Rachel Ambrose Award for Best Web Site: 2nd place 7NEWS, Denver: Kim Nguyen, Phil Tenser, Deb Stanley, Anica Padilla, Wayne Harrison for “TheDenverChannel.com”
Best Live Coverage of a News Event : 2nd place 7NEWS, Denver: Russell Haythorn, Brad Bogott for “Moore Tornado”
The purpose of the APTRA Awards are to advance journalism through the media of radio and television, to co-operate with the Associated Press in order to make available an accurate and impartial record of the news, and to serve as a liaison between representatives of the radio and television stations. States of the APTRA western region include in California, Nevada, Hawaii, Arizona, New Mexico, Idaho, Washington, Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Alaska, and Oregon.
In addition to the APTRA awards, 7NEWS has also been so far recognized by the Regional Murrow Awards winning awards for best website and continuing coverage for 2013. Call7 Investigator Theresa Marchetta and team conducted a year-long investigation of the Department of Corrections that exposed departmental gaps which has led to changes and reform. 7NEWS, Keli Rabon and the Call7 Investigators team is also honored by the Society of Professional Journalism with the “First Amendment Award” for the on-going quest to fight for government transparency which also led to reform in Colorado.
For continuing real-time coverage visit TheDenverChannel.com or follow 7NEWS on Twitter (@denverchannel) and Facebook. To learn more about APTRA visit www.aptra.com.
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