Mobile’s CBS affiliate, WKRG-TV, had a big night at the recent Associated Press Managing Editors Awards in Birmingham, taking home many of the most prestigious broadcast honors for their work in 2015.
The station was voted Best News Operation in Alabama in the Television I Division. Emily Forrester and the News Five Storm Team won for Best Documentary for “Hurricane Katrina: Ten Years Later.”
J.B. Biunno won for Best Reporter in the state, with reporter Debbie Williams finishing second in that category. Clinton Bourgeois took first place for Best Photojournalist and Emily Devoe won for Best Sports Story with her coverage of Ken Stabler entitled “The Snake.”
Anchor Devon Walsh won Best Specialized Reporter for her “What’s Working” series. Biunno and Bourgeois were also honored for Best Spot News Story for “Fugitive Captured,” while Walsh and photojournalist Jason Garcia took the Best News Feature award for “Women Running the Jail.” Williams and photojournalist Randy Lowe took an honorable mention in that category for “Shark Feeding Frenzy.”
Biunno and photojournalist Arnell Hamilton took first place for Best News Series for “SmartPhone Savings,” and Hamilton and reporter Allen Carter were awarded an honorable mention in that same category for “Journey to Selma.”
Walsh received an honorable mention as the state’s Best Anchor and John Nodar received an honorable mention as Best Weather Anchor. Devoe got an honorable mention in the Best Lifestyle Feature category for “Mobile Delta Gator Hunt.”
In the Print I division, the Press-Register’s Michelle Matthews received an honorable mention in the Best Lifestyle Feature category for “Miracle Baby Eli is One in 197 Million Born with Rare Facial Anomaly.” The P-R’s Ben Raines received an honorable mention for “5 Years After Deepwater Horizon” in the Non-Deadline Reporting category.
Paul Beaudry of the Press-Register took first place in Non-Deadline Sports Reporting for “And the Winner of al.com’s Quest for Best Alabama High School Football Stadium is …”
The P-R’s Sharon Steinmann took first place for Best Photo Compilation for “Gay Marriage Comes to Mobile, Ala. in 2015.”
The winners were awarded during the Associated Press Managing Editors luncheon June 18.