Denver, CO - 9NEWS won nine out of 22 possible awards for the large market television category at the Associated Press contest Saturday at the J.W. Marriott Cherry Creek Hotel including six first place awards for best morning and evening newscasts, best feature and general reporting, sports special and best website.
The AP awarded both its top newscast honors to the respective 9NEWS newscasts from the Wednesday morning and evening following Election Day, November 3, 2010.
9NEWS swept both the feature and general news reporting categories. 9NEWS weekend anchor Cheryl Preheim and photojournalist Ken Mostek took the top general reporting honor for their story, "The Unexpected Life." The piece detailed the new life Andrea Merriman built for her and her children following the conviction of her husband, Shawn, for running a criminal Ponzi scheme.
Chris Vanderveen and Corky Scholl won the feature reporting prize for their story on Arvada High School sophomore Kinsasha Zamora, a member of the cross-country team who is almost entirely sight-impaired.
The 9NEWS sports department took the win in the sports special category for the "9NEWS Olympic Zone" reporting the highlights and back stories of Colorado athletes at the Vancouver winter games. 9NEWS.com was named the best large market television website.
AP broadcast members from the Great Plains region judged Colorado entries aired during the 2010 calendar year. Entries in the newscast, morning newscast, sports and weathercast categories were submitted from four designated contest days.
9NEWS winners from the 2010 Associated Press awards:
- 1st Place: Newscast - "11/3/10 10pm." Will Swope, Mark Yoder, Jerry Vancini
- 1st Place: Morning Newscast - "11/3/10 6am." Arash Mosaleh, Jack Maher, Alex Brancard
- 1st Place: Website - 9NEWS.com. 9NEWS Staff
- 1st Place: General Reporting - "An Unexpected Life." Cheryl Preheim, Ken Mostek
- 2nd Place: General Reporting - "Nick Pansini." Chris Vanderveen, Dan Weaver
- 1st Place: Feature Reporting - "Kinsasha Zamora." Chris Vanderveen, Corky Scholl
- 2nd Place: Feature Reporting - "Born to Be a Demon." Dave Delozier
- 1st Place: Sports Special - "9NEWS Olympic Zone." Mark Yoder, David Hunt, John Kuhrt
- 2nd Place: Documentary - "Honoring Our Own." Dave Delozier, Manny Sotelo
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