The Associated Press of Alabama has named WKRG-TV the “Best News Operation” in the state of Alabama. News 5 took home a total of 16 awards today in Birmingham.
First place award winners include:
- Best Documentary: Emily Forrester and the WKRG First Alert Storm Team for “Hurricane Katrina: Ten Years Later”
- Best Photojournalist: Clinton Bourgeois
- Best Reporter: J.B. Biunno
- Best Sports Story: Emily DeVoe
- Best Specialized Reporter: Devon Walsh for “What’s Working”
- Best News Series: J.B. Biunno and Arnell Hamilton for “Smartphone Savings”
- Best Spot News Story: J.B. Biunno and Clinton Bourgeois for their coverage of the arrest of Richard Jacob Phillips.
WKRG received eight other awards for 2nd place, 3rd place and honorable mention. News 5 team members that were recognized include Debbie Williams, photojournalist Randy Lowe, and John Nodar.