WVTF and RADIO IQ won four first-place awards from this year’s Virginias Associated Press Broadcasters competition. Judges praised the station's Outstanding News Operation, headed by David Seidel, for its “breadth of reporting and its thoughtful coverage of the Charlottesville rally and the aftermath.”
Morning news anchor Jeff Bossert was honored for his sports feature: Michael Vick: Hall of Fame or Infamy.
Afternoon anchor Luke Church was singled out for his feature on the Five Points Music Sanctuary. “What a neat story!” the judges said. “Minimalist narration was used to good effect, and the story was excellently produced.” Charlottesville Bureau Chief Sandy Hausman went home with two plaques. The Virginias AP named her Best Reporter in a large, metro market, adding, “You can see her stories unfolding through great use of sound and description.” The judges also praised her investigation reporting for a five-part series on the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. “Authoritative reporting delivers urgent concerns about this pipeline project, with a nice mix of history and context,” the judges said. The competition featured 370 entries from twenty-nine stations in Virginia and West Virginia.