WCPO wins multiple Edward R. Murrow regional and AP awards

WCPO 9 On Your Side was honored with multiple awards from the Ohio Associated Press, receiving four first place awards at the 2014 award ceremony in Columbus.

WCPO 9 On Your Side’s first place awards were won in investigative and enterprise reporting categories along with two separate photography categories. A second place finish was secured in the best reporter category.

Reporter Brendan Keefe and producer Jennifer Cobb took top prize for “911 Roulette” for investigative reporting. The team produced a series of investigative reports on the lack of medically trained emergency assistance operators in Cincinnati.

The series of reports exposed alarming evidence that many of the city’s 911 operators had no medical training and in some instances delayed or even hung up on emergency calls after emergency responders were dispatched. The investigation led to policy changes in the 911 system and put more medically-trained operators on the line to help citizens in emergencies.

Judges were impressed with the investigation’s depth stating, “The work by everyone involved complemented the ongoing story very well and it got results for viewers, taxpayers and citizens who rely on 911.”

Keefe and Cobb’s second top prize was for the undercover investigation “Police Guns Available on the Street.” This undercover investigation showed the ease of purchasing handguns from street dealers and showcased the purchase of a gun once used by a city police officer. 

Reporter Anthony Mirones received outstanding honors in photography. Mirones collected first place honors for his 2013 body of work including a story called “One Man Band” - a profile piece incorporating sounds and video to tell the story of a local bass instrument builder tasked with a very specific bass project. Mirones received high praise from judges for excellent shot selection and pacing.

Brendan Keefe also won a second place award in the best reporter category.

“These are great honors,“ said Alex Bongiorno, WCPO 9 On Your Side news director, “Our reporters and producers can be very proud of their work, knowing WCPO 9 On Your Side is the only television newsroom to receive first place awards in Cincinnati from the Associated Press.”

The Associated Press is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. This non-profit news cooperative is owned by American newspapers and broadcast members and works to maintain a single-minded focus on newsgathering while staying committed to objective, accurate journalism at its highest standard.

WCPO 9 On Your Side has also been honored with three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA): Best Investigative Reporting, Continuing Coverage and Best Website.

WCPO 9 On Your Side captured top honors in the large market region, tying for the most awards within its region. WCPO 9 On Your Side submissions competed against entries from Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Columbus and Indianapolis in the region 7 RTDNA grouping. The station and website were the only winners in the Cincinnati market. The entries will now compete for the national Edward R. Murrow awards, to be announced this summer.

“911 Roulette”, a series of investigative reports on the lack of medically trained emergency assistance operators in Cincinnati, received awards for Investigative Reporting and Continuing Coverage.

The website WCPO.com received outstanding website honors with its Murrow Award. The interactive news website, staffed by a team of reporter, producers and editors, features breaking news and weather information, plus long-form features and investigative stories.

“This is a proud moment for our team,” said David Peterson, general manager of WCPO Digital.  “The prestige of a Murrow Award recognizes the incredibly strong journalism generated by our reporters, producers and editors.”

The Edward R. Murrow Award is given to honor news operations meeting the high standards of quality journalism and news coverage set by the iconic CBS News Reporter Edward R. Murrow. Murrow’s famous World War II rooftop broadcasts from London and his legendary investigation into Senator Joseph R. McCarthy represent news and investigative reporting at its finest.

“Murrow is a legend in the news business,” said Jeff Brogan, vice president and general manager of WCPO 9 On Your Side.  “An award in his name speaks to the quality our customers find on our website and in our newscasts.  I am very proud of the work our teams do and share with them in this immense honor.”

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