WLRN News took home nine first place and four runner-up awards at this year's Florida Associated Press Broadcasters competition.
Results were announced at a gala event April 8 in Orlando. One WLRN News story, "We Spent the Night on a Nuclear Submarine," by Sammy Mack and Wilson Sayre, captured first place in two categories -- Feature | Light News and Use of Sound for Radio.
Here are WLRN's winners: First place:*Feature, Light News: Sammy Mack and Wilson Sayre, "We Spent the Night on a Nuclear Submarine."*General Assignment, Long Format: Gina Jordan, "The Tug of War Over Florida's Affordable Housing Fund"; * Investigative Series: Rowan Moore Gerety and Christina Viega, WLRN-Miami Herald News, "Ending Out of School Suspensions."*Breaking Sports News: Luis Hernandez, "Muhammad Ali in our Backyard."* Use of Sound for Radio: Sammy Mack and Wilson Sayre, "We Spent the Night on a Nuclear Submarine."*Digital Programming: Teresa Frontado, Katie Lepri and News Staff, "Zika in South Florida"* News Anchor or Anchor Team: Christine DiMattei* Series / Franchise Reporting: Sammy Mack and Tom Hudson, "PriceCheck" * Public Affairs: Tom Hudson, Bridget O'Brien and Alicia Zuckerman, "The Zika Virus in South Florida," on "The Florida Roundup." Second place:* Feature, Cultural or Historical: Nadege Green, "Robert Battle and His Mom."* Breaking News: News Staff, "Fidel Dies."* Continuing Coverage: Sammy Mack and Kate Stein, "Zika"* Website / Digital: Teresa Frontado, Katie Lepri and News Staff.
A record 38 broadcast organizations submitted 536 entries in the contest, which featured reports, stories, programs and digital content from the year 2016.
Here is a complete list of winners.