CONCORD, NC (WWAY) -- WWAY NewsChannel 3 won eight awards at the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas annual convention Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, including Best Newscast in the Carolinas. WWAY won top honors in six categories. The two silver awards came in categories in which the station won top awards.
"I'm really proud of our team," WWAY News Director Scott Pickey said. "They work very hard each and every day to bring our viewers the best newscast possible. It's very humbling for our peers to honor us with this award."
In addition to Best Newscast, WWAY also won Best Special Report for its coverage of a deadly line of thunderstorms and tornadoes that swept across the state on April 16.
Sportcaster John Rendleman was one of the day's biggest winners. His story about a girl with cerebral palsy who is a member of her high school track team won Best Sports Reporting. He also won Best Sports Special for the "Coach's Corner," which airs Sundays at 6 p.m. on WWAY. The silver award in the Sports Special category went to John, Trot Nixon, Jesse Jones and the rest of the WWAY sports team for the "5th Quarter," our weekly, Friday night high school football highlight show.
Weekend anchor and reporter Ramon Herrera adds Best Investigative reporter to his resume. Ramon won the top prize for his coverage last summer of the investigation into a state trooper in New Hanover County accused by a Raleigh attorney and his wife of misconduct. Ramon's reporting helped uncover both sides of the story, which eventually led to the trooper being cleared of the allegations.
WWAY swept the Best Documentary category. "Pirates of the Carolinas: Storm at Sea," produced and hosted by WWAY StormTrack 3 Chief Meteorologist Jerry Jackson, won first place. Our annual hurricane season special explored the intertwined history of pirates and hurricanes along the North Carolina coast. The silver award in the documentary category went to WWAY's coverage of the USS Gravely Commissioning, produced and hosted by Kevin Wuzzardo.
WWAY won more best in category awards than any other single station in RTDNAC's Division II, which includes stations in the Carolinas' smaller markets including Wilmington, Greenville/New Bern, Florence/Myrtle Beach and Charleston.