May 9th, 2019 (DAYTON, OHIO) – Numerous Cox Media Group Ohio employees walked away from the 2019 Ohio Associated Press Media Editors Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet with awards in hand.  Journalists with WHIO-TV, WHIO Radio, the Dayton Daily News, Springfield News-Sun and Journal-News won more than 30 awards. In addition, former DDN investigative editor John Erickson was inducted into the Ohio APME Hall of Fame.

“Cox Media Group Ohio has so many amazing journalists, and it’s wonderful to see them getting the recognition they deserve. But none of these folks does this work for the recognition. They do it to make a difference in their communities. And that’s what we’re all working to do every day,” said Cox Vice President of Content, Jana Collier.

Award winners included:

  • 16 first-place winners:
    • WHIO-TV, Best Newscast
    • WHIO Radio, Best Spot News Coverage, Best Newscast and Best Digital Presence
    • Kirstie Zontini, Best Weathercast
    • Josh Sweigart and Jeremy Kelley, Best Investigative Reporting
    • Cory Frolik, Best News Writer
    • Kaitlin Schroeder, Best Business Writer
    • Emily Gay, Best Producer
    • Rick McCrabb, Best Columnist and Best Feature Writer
    • Bill Lackey, Best Photographer and Best News Photo
    • Nick Graham, Best Feature Photo
    • Matt Sanctis, Best Enterprise Reporting
    • Journal-News, Best Digital Project
  • 9 second-place winners:
    • WHIO-TV, Best Digital Presence
    • McCall Vrydaghs, Best Weathercast
    • Amelia Robinson, Best Editorial Writer
    • Tom Archdeacon, Best Sports Writer
    • Nick Graham, Best Photographer and Best Sports Photo
    • Bill Lackey, Best Feature Photo and Best Photo Story
    • Michael Pitman, Best News Writer
  • 7 third-place winners:
    • Dayton Daily News, Best Public Service
    • Mike Cooper, Best Public Service
    • Matt Sanctis, Best Investigative Reporting
    • Bill Lackey, Best Sports Photo and Best Feature Photo
    • Parker Perry, Best Spot News Coverage
    • Nick Graham, Best News Photo

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