NET News Wins Awards

News Release Date: 
April 30, 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. (April 30, 2013) -- Features and stories produced by NET News reporters and producers for broadcast on NET Television and NET Radio received 11 awards in the annual Northwest Broadcast News Association Eric Sevareid competition. The awards were announced April 13.

The association is composed of broadcast journalists from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

“These awards are a reflection of the quality of work our news staff is producing on a consistent basis,” said Dennis Kellogg, NET News news director. “We strive to cover a variety of important issues in our state in a comprehensive manner, and I’m proud that work has been recognized by the Northwest Broadcast News Association.”

In Large Market Radio Division, Producer Bill Kelly received a first place for his hard feature “Nebraska Burn Training Underway as Colorado Temporarily Bans the Practice.”  Kelly and Producer Mike Tobias received a first place in the talk/public affairs category for “Voter Voices: Nebraska’s Election-Year Concerns Might Surprise You.” Reporter Fred Knapp received first place for the soft feature “Nebraska Bell Collection Evokes Sounds of History.”

Awards of Merit in the Large Market Radio Division went to Reporter Ray Meints and Tobias, for their hard feature “UNMC Team Is Working to Cure Blindness in Developing Countries”;

Knapp for his sports reporting on “Omaha’s Rosenblatt Stadium Disappearing Piece by Piece”; the NET News staff for the NET News website; Producer Jerry Johnston for his soft feature “The Doodlebug: A Nebraska Train Innovation”; and to Kelly in general reporting for a piece titled “Is Bingo Dying? Nebraska Charitable Gaming Revenues Continue Decline.”

Tobias received a first place in the Medium Market Television division for his program “Young and Overweight” in the talk/public affairs category. The NET News staff received an award of merit for the NET News website. And Tobias also picked up an award of merit in the talk/public affairs category for his work on “Campaign Connection 2012: Voter Voices.”

David Feingold, NET assistant general manager for content, said the awards were especially gratifying because they are bestowed by industry peers in recognition of excellence in news reporting.