CONCORD, NC (WWAY) -- WWAY NewsChannel 3 has won Best Newscast in North Carolina in the NC Associated Press Broadcast Awards. The station also took home top honors for weather and sports and several other categories from the AP. In all WWAY won 19 awards from the AP and the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas, which were given out at the RTDNAC annual conference at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord.
Other top news awards for WWAY include Best Spot News, General News and Best Enterprise/Investigative. WWAY's political coverage won three awards, including top honors from RTDNAC for election coverage for the second year in a row. Coverage of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte won an award from RTDNAC and AP.
Chief Meteorologist Jerry Jackson won Best Weather Reporting from the Associated Press, while "Good Morning Carolina" meteorologist Tim Buckley won an honorable mention. The StormTrack 3 Weather Team's hurricane special "Blood in the Water: The Expedition Hurricane of 1861" won the News Documentary category from RTDNAC.
WWAY's high school football highlight show "5th Quarter" won the AP's Best Sportscast. The show also won second place for Best Sports Special from RTDNAC.
NC AP Broadcast Awards
Best Weather Reporting: Jerry Jackson
Best Spot News: Gov. Perdue issues Pardon of Innocence for Wilmington 10 (Holden Kurwicki)
Best Sportscast: "5th Quarter" (John Rendleman, Trot Nixon, Jesse Jones, Holden Kurwicki)
Best General News: Two accused in CFCC student's murder talk about the crime, impact (Scott Pickey, Matt Ray)
Best Enterprise/Investigative: Captured: Human trafficking in the Port City (Cacky Catlett)
Best General News: Suspect in cabbie beating charged with felony (Holden Kurwicki)
Best Sports Feature: 4th Annual Beach Wrestling State Championship wraps up at Carolina Beach (John Rendleman)
Best Weather Reporting: Tim Buckley (Honorable Mention)
Best Consumer: JUST ADD HOPE: Business turns trash into treatment for breast cancer patients (Asha Dave)
Best Health Reporting: ONLY ON 3: New techniques battling hearing loss in military, civilians (Cacky Catlett, Kevin Wuzzardo)
Best Newswriting: Kevin Wuzzardo
Best Series: Democratic National Convention (Cacky Catlett, Kevin Wuzzardo, Ryan Franklin, Marissa Jasek)
Political General: Democratic National Convention (Kevin Wuzzardo, Cacky Catlett, Ryan Franklin)
Political Election: Election Night Update (WWAY NewsChannel 3 staff, Chad Adams and Rep. Bob Etheridge)
News Documentary: Blood in the Water: The Expedition Hurricane of 1861 (Jerry Jackson-Producer, Tim Buckley, Christina Anthony)
Best Anchor: Makenzi Henderson
Best Producer: Paul Blackmore
Best Sports Special: 5th Quarter (John Rendleman, Trot Nixon, Jesse Jones, Holden Kurwicki)
In both contests, WWAY competes in Division 2, which includes smaller market stations.