7NEWS has been recognized as Denvers news leader by receiving the Overall Outstanding News Operation honor at the Colorado Associated Press Broadcasters Association awards banquet, held Saturday afternoon at The Golden Hotel in Golden.
The Outstanding News Operation award is given for work that reflects the depth and scope of the station's news organization, the Associated Press said.
"We work hard every day to help make Colorado the best place it can be -- and we take that responsibility very seriously. Being named outstanding news operation is both exciting and humbling. We are honored. It serves as a testament to our mission and the great work of everyone on the team at 7NEWS," said 7NEWS Director Jeff Harris.
In this year alone, 7NEWS has been honored with three of the highest awards in broadcast journalism. The AP Award for Outstanding News Operation joins the ranks of the regional Emmy Award for News and Station Excellence and the regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence.
7NEWS Reporter Dayle Cedars and Photojournalist Coby Howell also won first place for best general reporting for the story, "Where's the Ambulance?"
In this entry, the judges noted, "TV journalists are often painted with a very broad brush -- painted as being craven, shallow, merely looking for misery to exploit for ratings. But the reporters, producers, and photojournalists of KMGH-TV prove that this is not true. Their thoughtful, well-written, and comprehensive reporting shows that our profession serves a higher purpose -- not just to inform the public, but to help insure the public good. Here we see tough questions without the 'gotcha' factor, human emotion without the sleaze and the sensationalism some have come to expect. If you ever meet a person who disparages TV journalism, show them this entry. This represents a nobility of purpose and an excellence of presentation that should exemplify the medium."
7SPORTS Director Lionel Bienvenu also captured first place for best sportscast.
Additionally, 7NEWS picked second place honors in the following categories:
AP-member broadcasters in Illinois judged Colorado stations' entries, which must have been broadcast between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2011. This year new categories were also introduced for Best Station Photojournalism, and Best Producer.