WCCO-AM, WDIO-TV, MPR Among Top Minnesota AP Award Winners

WCCO Honored With Numerous Wins, Honorable Mentions In Several Categories

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — WDIO-TV of Duluth, Minnesota Public Radio and WCCO-AM of Minneapolis are among top winners in the 2014 Minnesota Associated Press Broadcasters awards contest.

WDIO won best in show among television stations for its report on domestic violence. KXLT-TV of Rochester won first place for an examination of whether or not to vaccinate. KTTC-TV of Rochester won best newscast.

MPR’s report on problems with Minnesota’s health insurance exchange was a best-in-show winner. WCCO won first place in spot news for its report on the killing of a Mendota Heights police officer.

Other radio winners include KTOE of Mankato, WTIP of Grand Marais, KVSC of St. Cloud and KFGO of Fargo, North Dakota

The awards will be presented Friday night at the annual AP banquet at the Midwest Journalism Conference in Bloomington.

Winners in Minnesota AP broadcast contest

Here’s a list of the winners in the 2014 Minnesota Associated Press Broadcasters news contest.

Radio II

Spot/Hard News

1st: KTOE, Mankato, “Hard News Reporting – Kato Shooting April 21, 2014,” by Wendy Wilde

Honorable Mention: KTOE, Mankato, “Hard News Reporting – WW Blacktopping Fire March 10, 2014,” by Wendy Wilde, Philip Weyhe

Honorable Mention: KTOE, Mankato, “Hard News Reporting – Nelson / Kolstad Folo May 13, 2014,” by Wendy Wilde, Dave Williams, Dan McCargar, Pete Steiner

Feature

1st: KTOE, Mankato, “Feature – Cops and Bobbers August 14, 2014,” by Wendy Wilde

Honorable Mention: WTIP, Grand Marais, “Local Music Project: Radio Waves,” by Will Moore

Honorable Mention: KTOE, Mankato, “100 Years of Weather August 29, 2014,” by Wendy Wilde

Series/Special

1st: WTIP, Grand Marais, “Lake Superior Project: Trafficking & Lake Superior,” by Kelly Schoenfelder

Honorable Mention: KTOE, Mankato, “Biggest Road Construction Year Ever April 3-10, 2014,” by Wendy Wilde

Honorable Mention: KVSC, St. Cloud, “World War II Flying Fortress Makes Stop at St. Cloud Regional Airport,” by Vicki Ikeogu

Documentary/Investigative

1st: KVSC, St. Cloud, “Genocide Awareness Project,” by Korina Borash

Honorable Mention: WTIP, Grand Marais, “History Speaks: Ernest Oberholtzer – Advocate for the Quetico-Superior,” by Martha Marnocha

Sports Reporting

1st: KVSC, St. Cloud, “Husky Sports Friday on KVSC,” by Declan Goff

Honorable Mention: KVSC, St. Cloud, “SCSU Women’s Basketball 2014-15 Season Preview,” by Daniel Papp

Writing

1st: WTIP, Grand Marais, “Gus’ Wild Side: Cache Lake Country,” by Dennis Kaleta, Martha Marnocha

Best Newscast

1st: KTOE, Mankato, “KTOE Noon News – November 12, 2014,” by Wendy Wilde, Pete Steiner

Sports Play by Play

1st: KVSC, St. Cloud, “SCSU Men’s Hockey #6 vs #1 Univ. of MN 10/31/14,” by Declan Goff, Jeremiah Graves

Honorable Mention: KVSC, St. Cloud, “SCSU Women’s Basketball vs Northern State Univ. 12/13/14,” by Daniel Papp, Zach Fuchs

Best Website

WTIP-FM Grand Marais, http://www.wtip.org

Best in Show

WTIP, Grand Marais, “Lake Superior Project: Trafficking & Lake Superior,” by Kelly Schoenfelder

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Radio III

Spot/Hard News

1st: WCCO, Minneapolis, “Officer Down,” by WCCO News

Honorable Mention: MPR, St. Paul, “Building explosion, fire rock Minneapolis neighborhood,” by Laura McCallum , Tim Nelson, Brandt Williams, Laura Yuen, Mark Zdechlik, Curtis Gilbert, Tom Crann, Phil Picardi, John Wanamaker, Jeff Jones, Mike Mulcahy, Jennifer Ehrlich

Honorable Mention: KFGO, Fargo, “Deputy Shot,” by Paul Jurgens, Jim Monk, Don Haney

Feature

1st: MPR, St. Paul, “As homelessness overwhelms, Dorothy Day Center struggles, plans,” by Tim Nelson, Jennifer Ehrlich

Honorable Mention: WCCO, Minneapolis, “The Anoka Tornado – 75 Years Later,” by Edgar Linares

Series/Special

1st: MPR, St. Paul, “Beneath the surface: Minnesota’s pending groundwater challenge,” by Elizabeth Baier, Elizabeth Dunbar, Dan Kraker, Mark Steil, Bill Catlin, Mike Edgerly, Kate Smith, Bill Wareham, Dave Peters

Honorable Mention: WCCO, Minneapolis, “Inside the Razor Wire,” by Susie Jones

Documentary/Investigative

1st: MPR, St. Paul, “Management, technology failures, miscommunication plagued MNsure,” by Catharine Richert, Elizabeth Stawicki, Bill Catlin

Honorable Mention: KFGO, Fargo, “Train Explosion 911,” by Paul Jurgens

Honorable Mention: WCCO, Minneapolis, “Inside the Razor Wire,” by Susie Jones

Sports Reporting

1st: WCCO, Minneapolis, “Good Sport,” by Dave Lee

Writing

1st: MPR, St. Paul, “Mattress apocalypse? Buried in trashed bedding, Mpls. may seek relief,” by Curtis Gilbert, Laura McCallum

Best Newscast

1st: MPR, St. Paul, “All Things Considered Nov. 12, 2014,” by Tom Crann, Jayne Solinger, Perry Finelli, Brigitta Greene, Curtis Gilbert, Elizabeth Dunbar, Laura McCallum, Mike Edgerly

Honorable Mention: WCCO, Minneapolis, “The WCCO Morning News,” by WCCO News

Honorable Mention: KFGO, Fargo, “KFGO News 12:30 PM,” by Bonnie Amistadi, Jim Monk, Don Haney

Sports Play by Play

1st: KFGO, Fargo, “NDSU vs. Fort Wayne,” by Scott Miller

Honorable Mention: WCCO, Minneapolis, “St. Thomas Playoff Football,” by Dave Lee

Honorable Mention: KFGO, Fargo, “NDSU upsets South Dakota State,” Jack Michaels

Best Website

Minnesota Public Radio, St. Paul, http://www.mprnews.org

Best in Show

MPR, St. Paul, “Management, technology failures, miscommunication plagued MNsure,” by Catharine Richert, Elizabeth Stawicki, Bill Catlin

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