6 News has been honored with three regional Murrow awards – one of the more prestigious awards in broadcast journalism.
The station won three awards:
- Best Newscast for “Funeral For A Fallen Firefighter” – from the day mid-Michigan said goodbye to Lansing Firefighter Dennis Rodeman
- Best News Series for “Friends for Life: Men’s Health” – our month-long look at men’s health issues, which ran over the course of November 2015. Stories included:
- David Young’s look at obesity and weight loss
- Fred Heumann’s story about the importance of getting a physical
- Jane Aldrich’s story about the role of women in men’s health – telling a personal story about how she saved her husband’s life
- Sheri Jones’ story about Rich Michaels – in which the former DJ revealed publicly for the first time his battle with colon cancer and the need to get colonoscopies
- The men of 6 News also put down their razor blades for “No Shave November” to raise awareness about men’s health issues
- Best Broadcast Website for www.wlns.com
WLNS went up against other smaller market TV stations (size 50 and up – Lansing is market 113) in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana.
The awards are organized by the Radio Television Digital News Association.
“We are delighted to honor the great work being done by local newsrooms,” said RTDNA Chair Kathy Walker. “Whether the winning entries come from a large team of journalists in a big city, or from a single, dedicated reporter in a small town, each demonstrates the value of exceptional journalism.”
6 News now goes up against the winners of other regions for a national Murrow award. The national winners will be announced in June.
The Murrows add to several other awards the station won for its work in 2015. 6 News won 16 out of 30 possible awards from the Associated Press in Michigan and 11 of the 24 possible news awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. The station will find out whether those are first or second place awards at separate events in May.
The AP awards also include wins for Public Service for the Men’s Health series, Digital Presence for wlns.com, and Best Newscast for two other shows: one ran the day of a crash at Mid-Michigan Physicians, the other covered the governor’s inauguration and MSU’s last second Cotton Bowl win on January 1, 2015.
The MAB awards also included wins for Community Involvement (an entry that included the Men’s Health series), and the Mid-Michigan Physicians newscast, as well as breaking news, investigative work, sports, and both weather awards.