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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Fox 7 News wins six Society of Professional Journalists awards

UPDATE 2:45 AM SUNDAY:  Read the full press release on the SPJ awards as well as Randy Moore's Edward R. Murrow Awards and honor from Ball State University from WTVW after the jump (or below, if you came to this story directly).

The Indiana Society of Professional Journalists held its annual awards banquet Friday night in Indianapolis, and Fox 7 News brought home six awards.

Anchors Randy Moore and Julie Dolan, along with photographers Clint Erbacher, John Simpson and Brian Cissell were recognized for their fine work over the past year on the following reports:
  • First Place - Sports Reporting:  Randy Moore and Brian Cissell for "Cowboy Jones Rides Again" (This story also earned Randy Moore a regional Edward R. Murrow Award this week.)
  • First Place - Feature Reporting:  Randy Moore, Brian Cissell and John Simpson for "The Girl on the Door" (This story also earned Randy Moore a regional Edward R. Murrow Award.)
  • First Place - Environmental Reporting:  Julie Dolan and Clint Erbacher for "Gulf Shores Report Part 1"
  • First Place - Investigative Reporting:  Julie Dolan and Clint Erbacher for "Dentist the Menace?" 
  • Second Place - Feature Reporting:  Julie Dolan and Clint Erbacher for "Gross to Gorgeous" 
  • Second Place - General Reporting:  Julie Dolan and Clint Erbacher for "Gulf Shores Report Part 2"
Congratulations to the folks at Fox 7 on a job, as always, well done!

Fox 7, WTVW Evansville, is honored to announce awards received in the following categories for stories produced and aired 2010:

Fox 7 Anchor and Managing Editor Randy Moore and our photography staff are recipients of two 2011 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.   Moore won in the “Best Feature Reporting” category for a story uniting a 2005 tornado survivor with Fox 7 cameraman, John Simpson, who aided in her rescue and caught the images on tape.   The story was written and told by Moore, shot and edited by photographer Brian Cissell.  The second Regional Murrow is awarded for “Best Sports Reporting,” for a story Moore and Photographer Brian Cissell presented on Ellis Park horse racing legend Cowboy Jones.  Both Stories “The Girl on the Door,” and “Cowboy Jones Rides Again,” can be viewed at the following web link:  Regional Murrow Awards are bestowed through the Radio-Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and are considered among the highest honors in the broadcast news industry.   These regional entries now become eligible for national RTDNA honors.

Thursday evening, Randy Moore, was honored as the special guest at the annual Telecommunications Awards Banquet at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.  There, Moore received the honor of Telecommunications Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.  In making its choice the Alumni Board noted Randy Moore as an “obvious choice,” based on his 30-plus years of dedication to the industry and his commitment to the Evansville community.

Friday evening, Fox 7 staff received six Society of Professional Journalism Awards at the annual Indiana SPJ Banquet in Indianapolis.   The awards were given for Indiana television stations located outside the Indianapolis TV market for stories produced and aired in 2010.  

Fox 7 Evening Anchor Julie Dolan and Photographer Clint Erbacher received two First Place awards.   Dolan and Erbacher took first place for “Best Coverage of the Environment” for one of their exclusive reports from the gulf as the historic oil spill was capped.   That series of reports also received a second place award for “Best General News.”   Dolan and Erbacher also took first place honors in the “Best Investigative Reporting” category for a story that examined questionable treatment of children at a pediatric dentist office.   Dolan and Erbacher also received second place honors for a report entitled “Gross to Gorgeous.”    The report showed the graphic transformation of a woman’s smile and profiled the donor who made the transformation possible.

Fox 7 Anchor and Managing Editor Randy Moore along with our photography staff received two First Place SPJ Awards.  Moore, Brian Cissell and John Simpson received “Best Feature” for the “Girl on the Door” report.   Moore and Cissell also received a First Place for “Best Sports Reporting” for their feature story “Cowboy Jones Rides Again.”   Both of these reports were also honored with the 2011 Regional Murrow Award.

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