I am so proud of my evening team!! Together we pulled in 2 awards.
The RTDNAC and AP announced the finalists for the 2017 awards competition, which recognizes the best of TV, radio, website and collegiate work. I am proud to report my WWAY news team won the AP Best Evening Newscast (NC)! That night was full of breaking news, I was solo anchoring in the studio as we learned a boat had just exploded.
My producers Sarah Johnson and Allyson Lorick jumped into action and together we came up with a plan to make sure our reporter Basil John was ready to go live from the scene. But then there was a fire, and I knew we didn't have a reporter, but could use the weather tower cams to get live video of the fire!
I asked our Meteorologist to pull up the live cam to see if there was video on his weather cam and we were able to see that and add that to the newscast! Even though we didn't have the additional staff everyone worked together to make sure we got it in and we were able to do that.
My co-anchor Daniel Seamans was live reporting in the field with our Meteorologist Helen Holt for our "This is the Place" road trip so we had a lot going on and it was all a team effort to put out the information to the public and make sure that we had all of the details on each story.
I am so excited and proud that we are being recognized for our work as a team. I enjoyed the awards luncheon at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord on Saturday, Nov. 11. I also got a chance to see so many friends and former colleagues from WCSC in Charleston, SC and my work in Charlotte, NC.
Tom Llamas from ABC did a great job as a keynote speaker, and charged the crowd to protect our craft and keep pushing!
A group of special boys and girls joined together to participate in the first ever MLK Pageant at Williston Middle School in Wilmington. The organizers including Evelyn Bryant and Hollis Briggs of the MLK committee in southeastern North Carolina say they are continuing to work and honor the actions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through various activities and events.
Thirteen contestants competed on November 18 for the new title as the Martin Luther King Jr. king and queen. But it was about more than just winning the crown. The pageant was hosted by the MLK Celebration Committee.
Their purpose is to honor the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., improve racial relations within communities and educate especially our youth.
This pageant was one of the first events working towards commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Dr. King’s death.
The committee’s goal is to build on this event for upcoming celebrations until April of next year.
But until then, it is all about the fun contestants had competing for the crowns.
“It’s not all about winning, it’s about having fun and just hanging out with your friends during the pageant,” contestant Aamere Montgomery said.
Even though only two could be named king and queen, it was a moment everyone could be proud of.
WWAY’s Amanda Fitzpatrick was also at the event and presented an award.
The WWAY team worked hard with the Salvation Army to raise money and stock their pantry this holiday. By the way, in 2016 we set a record by collecting more than 25,000 pounds of food and nearly $700 in cash.
That record no longer stands. Maj. Mark Craddock with The Salvation Army says the community came together and donated 33,100 pounds of food to restock shelves for 2017. That’s 16.55 tons of food and tens of thousands of donuts given out as a thank you!
On November 11th WWAY was awarded Best Special Report for our Commercial-Free Election Night coverage by the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas. It was an honor to be recognized by our peers for our work in local news.
I was fortunate to co-anchor the election night coverage with Daniel Seamans and we were joined by a hardworking group of reporters, analyst and production crew.
I'm very proud that we are being recognized for our work as a team, because it says a lot about what we can do together.
The awards luncheon was held at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord and Tom Llamas from ABC was the guest speaker.
Check out that one time my co-workers tried to scare me and let's just say it didn't go so well! 2004 WCSC flashback throwback Halloween scare tactic caught on camera!