2023 Golden Press Card: Television

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Here are the 2023 Golden Press Card winners in the Television category. The entries were judged by the LA Press Club.

SPORTS REPORTING (Television)

First Place
Contestant Name: WJHL
Entry Title: Alan Kulwicki: Remembering the NASCAR champion who did things his way
Entry Credit: Slater Teague
Links: See entry

SPORTS REPORTING (Television)

Second Place
Contestant Name: WCYB
Entry Title: Playing for Family
Entry Credit: Heather Williams
Links: See entry

DOCUMENTARY/PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAMMING (Television)

First Place
Contestant Name: WVLT
Entry Title: A Tennessee Waltz: Ray Blanton’s Last Dance
Entry Credit: Brittany Tarwater, WVLT News
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Judge Comments: Compelling documentary in a nearly forgotten chapter in Tennessee’s political history. It was well-researched and well-produced, with excellent use of file footage.

Category Comments: Amazing stories from gifted journalists.

DOCUMENTARY/PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAMMING (Television)

Second Place
Contestant Name: WATE
Entry Title: Honoring Black history: sharing our stories
Entry Credit: Laura Darnell, Tearsa Smith, Veronica Ogbe
Links: See entry
Judge Comments: Great stories about the important contributions of African Americans to the region, both past and present.

Category Comments: Amazing stories from gifted journalists.

BEST NEWSCAST (Television)

First Place
Contestant Name: WVLT
Entry Title: WVLT News Covenant Coverage
Entry Credit: Kelly Ann Krueger, Ted Hall, WVLT Staff
Links: See entry
Judge Comments: Excellent coverage of school shooting, great use of surveillance video to help viewers understand the sequence of events.

BEST NEWSCAST (Television)

Second Place
Contestant Name: WBIR
Entry Title: 6 p.m. newscast April 6, 2023
Entry Credit: Alyssa Stoney
Links: See entry

BEST ANCHOR (Television)

First Place
Contestant Name: WCYB
Entry Title: Kristen Quon
Entry Credit: Kristen Quon
Links: See entry
Judge Comments: Anchor appears knowledgeable and delivers consistently strong performance across story genres.

Category Comments: All very talented anchors.

BEST ANCHOR (Television)

Second Place
Contestant Name: WVLT
Entry Title: Casey Wheeless Anchor
Entry Credit: Casey Wheeless
Links: See entry

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS REPORTING (Television)

First Place
Contestant Name: WVLT
Entry Title: WVLT’s Government and Politics Reporting
Entry Credit: Kelly Ann Krueger
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Judge Comments: Solid reporting, good research, interesting facts that are worth revisiting from a 21st century perspective.

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING (Television)

First Place
Contestant Name: WBIR
Entry Title: 10Investigates
Entry Credit: Vinay Simlot, John North, WBIR Staff
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Judge Comments: Very thorough, unbiased, detailed investigating.

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING (Television)

Second Place
Contestant Name: WATE
Entry Title: Sunrooms Express Exposed
Entry Credit: Don Dare, Dave Wignall
Links: See entry

FEATURE REPORTING (Television)

First Place
Contestant Name: WBIR
Entry Title: Alzheimer’s: Behind Closed Doors
Entry Credit: Katie Inman
Links: See entry
Judge Comments: This is a story that brings some hope to those living with Alzheimer’s and also to those caring for the afflicted. In a world when these stories are often grim, this report gets our attention without fear. In a report that could have been lacking in visuals, this reporter came up with clever and creative visual ways to help tell the story—very impressive!

FEATURE REPORTING (Television)

Second Place
Contestant Name: WBIR
Entry Title: NICU Knitters
Entry Credit: Katie Inman
Links: See entry
Judge Comments: This is the definition of a terrific feature story and a great community story all in one. I felt it was created by the reporter with the same amount of love that the knitter gives when making her special hats for the babies. The story is told in a complete way—all the bases are covered. Just a joy to watch!

SERIES/PACKAGE/PROJECT WRITING (Television)

First Place
Contestant Name: WBIR
Entry Title: The Patriot Church blends faith and politics in East Tennessee
Entry Credit: Katelyn Keenehan, Chris Salvemini
Links: See entry
Judge Comments: This stands out as a well-rounded story about a right-wing church’s impact on the community. A number of voices were included in this reporting – from the conservative who began Patriot church to members of the LGBTQ+ community. More neutral voices also provided context in this report about free speech and other hot-button issues that are of importance not only in Tennessee but nationwide.

SERIES/PACKAGE/PROJECT WRITING (Television)

Second Place
Contestant Name: WATE
Entry Title: Sunrooms Express Exposed
Entry Credit: Don Dare, Dave Wignall
Links: See entry
Judge Comments: Too often, news outlets lack follow through. Here, the news reporter started out with one couple’s complaint about a contractor and followed the story over about a year, learning that the contractor had defrauded multiple people. The twists and turns leading to the contractor’s arrest were highly engaging.

DEADLINE/BREAKING NEWS REPORTING (Television)

First Place
Contestant Name: WVLT
Entry Title: Deadly Nashville Tornadoes
Entry Credit: Kelly Ann Krueger, Brittany Tarwater , WVLT Staff
Links: See entry
Judge Comments: Lots of detailed information from different reporters and sources.

Category Comments: Both well reported, but the first one was more in depth with more information for viewers.

DEADLINE/BREAKING NEWS REPORTING (Television)

Second Place
Contestant Name: WCYB
Entry Title: Father and son charged with murder of Johnson City store clerk
Entry Credit: Caleb Perhne
Links: See entry
Judge Comments: Very emotional story about a difficult tragic murder involving a son and father pair of suspects.

Category Comments: Both well reported, but the first one was more in depth with more information for viewers.

CONTINUING COVERAGE (Television)

First Place
Contestant Name: WCYB
Entry Title: What Happened to Charles James Givens?
Entry Credit: Kiley Hill, Ryan Renfro, Jason Hutchinson
Links: See entry
Judge Comments: Very powerful report that sheds light on an injustice, involving the death of Charles Givens.

Category Comments: Both were well reported and extensive.

CONTINUING COVERAGE (Television)

Second Place
Contestant Name: WVLT
Entry Title: WVLT’s Continuing Coverage of Lisa Edwards
Entry Credit: John Pirsos
Links: See entry;t=1s
Judge Comments: Sad and unfortunately but well reported news story that shows continuing coverage of the death of Lisa Edwards.

Category Comments: Both were well reported and extensive.

GENERAL REPORTING (Television)

First Place
Contestant Name: WBIR
Entry Title: A Son’s Story of Abuse and Forgiveness
Entry Credit: Robin Wilhoit, John North
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Judge Comments: Very tragic and brutal story about abuse, but focusing on the victim’s healing and hope, surviving such a horrible experience.

Category Comments: I chose the 2 stories because they actually made a difference and showcased hope and positivity in the community, one where actual repairs and safety concerns were addressed for residents of a local low income housing apartment building, and the other where the spirit of hope and healing from trauma is highlighted with the experience of abuse from two local brothers.

GENERAL REPORTING (Television)

Second Place
Contestant Name: WATE
Entry Title: Knoxville HUD housing complex residents await major repairs
Entry Credit: Don Dare, Dave Wignall
Links: See entry
Judge Comments: This was important because it made a difference in the lives of the residents of the apartment building.

Category Comments: I chose the 2 stories because they actually made a difference and showcased hope and positivity in the community, one where actual repairs and safety concerns were addressed for residents of a local low income housing apartment building, and the other where the spirit of hope and healing from trauma is highlighted with the experience of abuse from two local brothers.