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Local TV stations all are winners

(January 26, 1998)

Matt Hammill
When former Quad-Cities television anchor Andrea Zinga scooped up an Emmy this year, it was a positive reflection on the local electronic media, which has been gathering awards for years.

Ms. Zinga took home the trophy for her work on the Olympic Park bombing story done for her current employer, CNN. However, in the past few years, many local reporters and stations have been tallying up hardware and accolades.

Quad-Cities TV stations can boast some impressive achievements.

Last April, WHBF-TV4 received a first-place award for journalistic excellence from the Illinois Associated Press for the second consecutive year. WQAD-TV, Newschannel 8, was given a regional award by the Radio-Television News Directors Association.

WHBF won in the best-continuing-series category again for reporter Ken Gullette's ``Robb's Life'' series, which told of Rock Island man Robb Dussliere's struggle with AIDS. The series ran from April 1995 until after Mr. Dussliere's death in April 1996.

WQAD, competing in the small-market category, was picked out of almost 2,000 entries in the RTNDA arena. The Moline broadcast bastion took home a trophy for feature reporting, for its story on fishing on Lake Michigan, done by Matt Hammill and Will Kenworthy.

Regional winners were entered in the national RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Awards competition. Although the station didn't nab a Murrow in 1997, it won Murrows in '96 for best newscast and best use of video, marking the first time the station nabbed Murrows.

Also last May, WQAD received the Iowa Broadcast News Association's award for Best Newscast in the state.

NewsChannel 8 also led the state in total number of IBNA awards, receiving recognition for Best Spot News, Best Photography, Best Feature and Best Public Affairs Program.

Fran Riley
The same month, the station received the most 1997 Iowa Associated Press Awards of any station in the state, taking home awards for Best Sportscast, Best Feature, Best Sports Special and Best Public Affairs Program.

In 1996, KWQC-TV6 hung tough with five awards in the Iowa Broadcast News Association competition. It won two of the five best feature nods, getting first place for ``Baseball Barber'' by Fran Riley and Doug Brandt, and an honorable mention for ``Boxing Preacher'' by Fran Riley and Michael Mudd.

The station took a second place in public affairs for ``Safety Patrol'' by Andrea Davidson and Marcia Lense. Thom Cornelis and staff took second place in sports play-by-play for coverage of the 1995 Bix 7. Tracey Sievertson and Michael Mudd placed second in general news for ``Sick Horse Rescue.''

- By Sean Leary

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