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WSAV has been recognized year after year for outstanding journalism, particularly in the areas of investigative reporting, smarter coverage of crime, and in-depth storm tracking.

Over the past 7 years, WSAV has received 53 honors from the Georgia Associated Press, 8 Bryan Awards, 7 Georgia Association of Broadcasters GABBY Awards, a regional Emmy --- and an astounding 31 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, including Overall Excellence six out of the last seven years. 

WSAV has been recognized for outstanding journalism FAR more than any Savannah area television station. 


Below is a complete list of awards and recognitions from the past three years:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2014


  • Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from Radio Television Digital News Association:            
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   --Overall Excellence has been awarded to the WSAV News Staff

--Continuing Coverage has been awarded to JoAnn Merrigan and Dave Kartunen for their work on the Affordable Care Act

--Breaking News has been awarded to Tina Tyus-Shaw and Andrew Davis for their work on the Surprise Retirement of Police Chief Willie Lovett

--Investigative Reporting has been awarded to Dave Kartunen for his work on Congressional Gift Travel

--Photography has been awarded to Art Ottimo for his work on the Police Memorial Service

  • Georgia Associated Press Broadcasters:
                                                                                                                                                                                                             --Investigative Reporting has been awarded to Dave Kartunen for his work on Congressional Gift Travel 

--Best Multi-Platform Coverage of a Single Story has been awarded to Meredith Ley, Shameca Kelley, Jamison Dowd, Raquel Rodriguez, Andrew Davis, JoAnn Merrigan and Will Nunley for their work on Delta Hard Landing 

--Best Weathercast has been awarded to Chief Meteorologist Kris Allred 

--Best General Reporting has been awarded to Dave Kartunen for his work on Debt Ceiling Flip-Flop


2013


  • Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      --Overall Excellence has been awarded to the WSAV News Staff

--Best Newscast has been awarded to Producer, Mary Hashemi for WSAV's  coverage of President Obama's visit to Ft. Stewart

--Investigative Reporting has been awarded to JoAnn Merrigan for her work on Forced Insurance Bundling

--Documentary/Special Program has been awarded to Kim Gusby and Chris Murray for their work on Celebrating Black History

--Photojournalism has been awarded to Jim Jensen for his coverage of the Police Memorial Service

  • Gabby Awards (Georgia Association of Broadcasters):
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              --Best News Story has been awarded to JoAnn Merrigan for her coverage of the F.E.A.R. Militia Court Hearings

--Photography has been awarded to Jim Jensen for his work on Police Memorial Service

--Merit Award for Sports Reporting has been awarded to JoAnn Merrigan for her work on High School Football Heat Rules

--Merit Award for Series or Feature has been awarded to Holly Bounds and Art Ottimo for their work on Lloyd Harrell: Hero

  • Georgia Associated Press Broadcasters Association:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         --Feature Reporting has been awarded to Holly Bounds for her coverage of a WWII Veteran trip to the WWII Memorial, “Lloyd Harrell: Hero"

--General Reporting has been awarded to Andrew Davis for his work on the Trail of Sex Predators

--Specialized Reporting has been awarded to JoAnn Merrigan for her work on Problem Solving Reporting

--Use of Sound has been awarded to Photographer Art Ottimo for his coverage of the retirement of the organist at Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

--Best Web Site has been awarded to Will Nunley and the WSAV Staff

2012

  • Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from RTDNA:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          --Overall Excellence has been awarded to the WSAV News Staff

--News Series has been awarded to JoAnn Merrigan for her coverage of the Altamaha River Pollution

--Television Writing has been awarded to Holly Bounds

--Documentary/Special Programming has been awarded to Kim Gusby for her work on Celebrating Black History

  • Georgia Associated Press Broadcasters Association:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              --General Reporting has been awarded to Holly Bounds for her coverage of a Pit Bull Attack on a child and the aftermath

--Documentary/Special Programming has been awarded to Chief Meteorologist Kris Allred and Lee Haywood for their work on the WSAV Severe Weather Special               

--Excellence in Photojournalism has been awarded to Jim Jensen for his work on Ranger Memorial

--Best Web-Based Reporting has been awarded to JoAnn Merrigan and Tina Tyus-Shaw for their coverage of the execution of Troy Davis

 

  • Honorable Mention:       
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   --Best Newscast has been awarded to Crystal Bruce for her work on WSAV News 3 at 6.

--Best Reporter has been awarded to JoAnn Merrigan

-- Best Website has been awarded to the WSAV News Staff

--Documentary/Special Program has been awarded to Kim Gusby for her work on WSAV Celebrating Black History

--Best Sportscast has been awarded to Ken Slats



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