WCMH earns top honors for spot news, enterprise reporting and sportscast

COLUMBUS (AP/WCMH) – NBC4 earned 11 awards, including three best in the state, in the annual Ohio Associated Press Media Editors broadcast competition.

WCMH swept the Best Spot News Coverage category, winning first place for our coverage of the Marion Road pallet fire and second place for our coverage of the Upper Arlington house explosion.

“Rocky Mountain High,” an investigative story by Duane Pohlman and photojournalist Jon Edwards exploring Ohio’s pending marijuana legislation in comparison to Colorado’s recently passed laws, won first in the Best Enterprise Reporting category.

Jerod Smalley and Matt Barnes earned first place honors for Best Sportscast. Smalley also finished second for Best Sports Feature for “T.T.’s Turn.” The NBC4 team coverage of “Football Friday Nite Morning Kickoff” earned WCMH a second-place award for Best Coverage of a Scheduled Event.

WCMH also finished second in the following categories:

Twenty-three broadcasters submitted 296 entries in the contest, which featured news, sports and weather reporting as well as features, documentaries and photography from 2015.

Entries were judged by broadcasters from WHMI-FM, Howell, Michigan, Radio II; Michigan Public Radio, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Radio I; WLUC-TV, Negaunee, Michigan and WJFW-TV, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, Television II; and KDKA, Pittsburgh and WISH, Indianapolis, Television I.

The Associated Press is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing 1,400 newspapers and 5,000 broadcast stations in the United States.

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