(KWQC and AP) - Saturday was a busy day for broadcast news stations across Iowa and Illinois. Award ceremonies for excellence in broadcast news reporting were held in both Iowa and Illinois, and stations from the Quad Cities were able to submit to both.
Here's how KWQC placed in the Illinois APBA Broadcast Contest out of 34 broadcasters and 261 submitted entries:
Best Sports Report: 1, Joey Donia, KWQC-TV, Davenport, "Rio, Ready for the Olympics"
Best Light Feature: 1, Mike Ortiz, KWQC-TV, Davenport, "The Ambassador of Gaines St."; 2, Gary Metivier and Matt Reed, KWQC-TV, Davenport, "Dex the Superfan."
Best Hard News Feature: 2, James Stratton and Mike Ortiz, KWQC-TV, Davenport, "Miracle From McCabe's."
Best Videography: 1, Fran Riley and Randy Biery, KWQC-TV, Davenport, "Full Service Gas Station"
Best Newswriter: 1, Gary Metivier, KWQC-TV, Davenport
KWQC also attended the Iowa Broadcast News Association on April 22, 2017. Here's how we did:
News Photography: 2, Mike Ortiz, "Ambassador of Gaines Street"
In-depth Series: 2, Gary Metivier, "Rosie the Riveter/Vietnam Nurse"
Farm and Agribusiness: 2, James Stratton, "Silo Ice Climb"
General Reporting: Honorable Mention, Bailey Deitz, "Wedding Dress Survives Tornado"
Overall Excellence: 2, Gary Metivier
Public Affairs: 2, KWQC News Staff, "Honor Flight: Their Turn, Their Time"
Overall Excellence: 2, KWQC News Staff