The Alabama Broadcasters Association hosted its 2015 ABBY Awards this past weekend and some Mobile TV folks made a statewide splash.

Fox10TV anchor/reporter/meteorologist Chasity Byrd and photojournalist Joah Norris took the award for Best Feature for their story on Charles Graham, a local newspaper deliveryman who has overcome a series of hardships and kept his life going.

“We went to help him and in return he helped us even more, reminding us to be grateful for what we have,” Byrd tweeted about the win.

Renee Dials, also with FOX10TV, took home the award for Best Hard News story for her investigation into constables called “Who’s Watching the Constables?” Her story looked into the backgrounds of constables, at least one of whom is a convicted felon.

WKRG pulled in three ABBYs. J.B. Biunno was named the state’s Best Reporter for his work, and Devon Walsh won the award for the state’s Best Anchor. The station also took home the award for Best Website.

Colagrossi dies after suffering brain hemorrhage
Lisa Colagrossi is being remember this week as a reporter who came through the Mobile market and went on to make it big in New York.

Lisa died suddenly last week.

Lisa died suddenly last week.


Colagrossi, who worked at Fox10TV in 1990-1992, died after suffering a brain hemorrhage last Thursday morning while covering a story for WABC in New York. She died the following day.

Though it’s been over 20 years since Colagrossi worked in the Mobile market, she is remembered by colleagues and viewers alike. Her sudden death at age 49 was national news.

Mobile was one of Colagrossi’s earliest stops in her journalism career. She also worked in Cleveland, West Virginia and Orlando before heading to New York just days after the 9/11 attacks. She leaves behind a husband and two sons.
Whitfield joins Hummingbird

Matt Whitfield, who for the past five years has run his own advertising and marketing company, has agreed to join Hummingbird Ideas as the new executive creative director.

Whitfield has run WeAreSICK, a digital marketing and advertising firm based in Daphne for the past five years, but will now join the 11-year-old Hummingbird Ideas. WeAreSICK has primarily specialized in producing viral web video.

He has previously worked with Red Square Agency and also Leo Burnette in Chicago and BBDO in New York, according to his resume.

Whitfield joins Hummingbird as it has expanded to new offices in the Bakery Building on Dauphin Street.