13 WREX named ‘Outstanding News Operation,’ collects 11 awards from Illinois AP


NORMAL, Ill. (WREX) — 13 WREX was honored with a state-leading 11 awards from the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association, including the top award of Outstanding News Operation, this past Saturday.

This is the third consecutive year, and the fourth time since 2013, that 13 WREX has been named Outstanding News Operation.

The awards were given out at the Illinois News Broadcasters Association spring convention in Normal.

30 broadcasters submitted 273 entries in the contest, which featured news, sports and investigative reporting, as well as features, documentaries and newswriting from 2018.

The 11 awards were the most of any other television station in the state of Illinois and a record night for the 13 WREX team.

“Saturday night was the culmination of all the hard work put in by a newsroom full of talented, dedicated journalists,” said 13 WREX Station Manager Josh Morgan. “To win 11 awards in 9 different categories, including Outstanding News Operation, is just a testament to how much our staff cares about the work they do.”

Below is a list of the stories that were honored with either a first or second place at the awards ceremony.  You can click on the link to watch each story.

Outstanding News Operation
1st – 13 WREX

Best Spot News
1st – Dixon High School Shooting, WREX Staff
2nd – Embezzlement Accusations Hit RAEDC, WREX Staff

Best Sports Report
2nd – Leader, Coach, Mom: The Story of Misty Opat, Derek Bayne

Best Hard News Feature
1st – Candid Conversations, Kristin Crowley, Ale Alvarez, Josh Morgan
2nd – Avoiding Tragedy, Taylor Utzig, Josh Morgan

Best Series or Documentary
1st – Out of the Darkness – Shining a Light on Domestic Violence, WREX Staff

Best Investigative Report
1st – Bitter Custody Battle Leads to Violent Altercation, Kristin Crowley, Audrey Moon, Mary Sugden

Best Digital Presence
1st – WREX.com, WREX Staff

Best Newswriter
1st – Kristin Crowley

Best Reporter
2nd – Taylor Utzig

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