--Media General has named its D. Tennant Bryan journalism award winners,
recognizing outstanding reporting at the company’s television stations
during the 2012 calendar year. The awards, which are named for
Media General’s founder, have been presented annually
Two-thirds of Media General’s 18 stations are ranked No. 1 or 2 in
market. Approximately the same number of stations rank No. 1 or 2 for the
key news dayparts: morning, 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and late news.
The 2012 D. Tennant Bryan Awards were awarded to
the following journalists and TV stations:
WNCN, Raleigh, N.C. - Charlotte Huffman and David Hattman for “Poison
in the Water in Wake Forest,” an investigation that exposed contaminated water
in a Wake Forest, N.C., community.
WJHL, Johnson City, Tenn. - Nate Morabito and Phillip Murrell for “Bad
Bob’s BBQ,” an investigation that proved employees of a local restaurant were
owed back wages.
General News Reporting
WFLA, Tampa, Fla. - Mark Douglas and Todd Davis
for “Bullied to Death,” a series of reports that uncovered a
groundswell of concern about bullying in one school district, and
possible violations of Florida’s anti-bully law.
WJHL - Nate Morabito and Phillip Murrell for “Baby Born on the Side
of the Road,” a story about a local couple who couldn’t make it to the hospital
before their daughter was born.
Feature News Reporting
WCMH, Columbus, Ohio - Mike Bowersock and Seth Distelzweig for “Phantom
of Route 40,” the story of a 60-year-old local, unsolved mystery.
WSAV, Savannah, Ga. - Holly Bounds and Art Ottimo for “Lloyd
Harrell: Hero,” a bittersweet story about a local World War II veteran who journeys
to Washington, D.C., with other veterans to see the memorials to their efforts.
Spot News Reporting
WJAR, Providence, R.I. - News Staff for “Hurricane
Sandy,” the multi-day, wall-to-wall coverage the station provided its
viewers before, during and after Hurricane Sandy devastated the
WJHL – News Staff for “Washington County School Bus
station’s coverage of a school bus accident that injured several
WSLS, Roanoke, Va. - Greg Moore for “Jeter Farm Fall Fun,” a look
at a local fall festival and how the featured farm is helping to educate
WSAV - Jim Jensen for “Police Memorial,” featuring moving images from
the 2012 Police Memorial ceremony in Savannah.
WJAR – News Staff for “Hurricane Sandy - Dan at
the Big Board,”
showcasing the ways WJAR informed viewers, even those without power,
during Hurricane Sandy’s landfall and aftermath.
WNCT, Greenville, N.C. - News Staff for “The Bully
Project,” a social media effort to combat bullying through information.
All of the winning stories are available for viewing via YouTube