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WVIK wins 7 awards for journalistic excellence

May  20, 2014

The news department of WVIK Quad Cities NPR was honored with seven awards this year in the Iowa Broadcast News Association's 2013 News Excellence Awards competition.

Michelle O'Neill, news editor and morning news anchor,  and Herb Trix, news director, won multiple awards in different categories. This year, Landon Cassman, the Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fellow at WVIK, also contributed two awards to the total of seven awards for journalistic excellence.

"I am extremely proud of the work our journalists do on behalf of our listeners and for the benefit of the community," said WVIK General Manager Jay Pearce. "These awards are representative of the solid journalism made possible by listeners' investments in WVIK."

WVIK also employs a number of Augustana students to assist in the newsroom as reporters during the school year.

The Iowa Broadcast News Association received about 650 entries for this contest, and the various categories were judged by radio and TV professionals from several other states.

"While we're grateful to receive positive comments from our listeners and online followers, it's great to hear from fellow broadcasters that we're doing well," said Trix. "We're also pleased to have been recognized both for our regular daily work and our feature stories."

The awards include:

• "Augustana Shooting Drill" by Landon Cassman, first place, general reporting

• "Homeless Open Mic" by Landon Cassman, first place, feature

• "Cronin on Spieth" by Michelle O'Neill, third place, sports reporting

• "Immigrants and Driver Licenses" by Michelle O'Neill, second place, in-depth series

• "Jazz on the River" by Michelle O'Neill, first place, use of actuality

• "Midwest Week" by Herb Trix, second place, public affairs

• Herb Trix, third place, best newscast

Sam Schlouch
Senior Communication Director
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