NET Earns 12 Eric Sevareid Awards

News Release Date: 
May 7, 2018

For Immediate Release
NET Recognized by Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association

LINCOLN, Neb. (May 7, 2018) – NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, earned 12 Eric Sevareid awards during the Midwest Journalism Conference in Minneapolis April 14. Competing in a six-state Midwest region, NET was honored for excellence in radio and television news. The annual conference recognizes the best work done by journalists in the Dakotas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin.

For radio news, NET earned three first place awards: “At This Shooting Match, Old West Aficionados Play Cowboy” for soft feature; “Return to Victory Boxing” for sports reporting; and “Speaking of Nebraska” for talk/public affairs. Four awards of merit were also given: “Nebraska Basketball Referee Has Earned His Stripes” for sports reporting; “Historic Michigan Oil Spill And Nebraska’s Keystone XL Pipeline Debate” for investigative reporting; “Sold for Sex” for social media; and “Sold for Sex: Trafficking in Nebraska” for series.

For television news, NET earned two first place awards for “After Ebola: Nebraska and the Next Pandemic” for documentary/special and “Eclipse in the Heartland” for team multimedia storytelling. Three awards of merit were also given: “Big Red Wrap-Up: Iowa Recap” for sportscast/program; “Nebraska’s Unique Habitats” for team multimedia storytelling; and “Speaking of Nebraska” for talk/public affairs.

“It is part of our mission to connect the state with news and information and to dig deeper into stories that affect Nebraskans. We appreciate being recognized for our contributions to broadcast journalism,” said Mark Leonard, NET general manager.

The Eric Sevareid Awards are named for the journalist and correspondent who worked for CBS news from 1939 to 1977 and was the first to report the fall of Paris when it was captured by the Germans during World War II.

NET News Director Dennis Kellogg was also elected to serve a one-year term as president-elect for the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association at the annual conference.

NET News Team (back row from left Bill Kelly, Fred Knapp, Mike Tobias, Jack Williams and front row from left Pam Thompson, Grant Gerlock, Dennis Kellogg and Brandon McDermott)


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