The Associated Press-Michigan gave WLNS-TV the award for “Outstanding News Operation” on Sunday afternoon.
That follows the 16 awards the station won in a variety of categories, including Spot News (or breaking news), Public Service, and Investigative Reporting. The first place awards included:
- Best Newscast for the January 1, 2015 show about the inauguration of Governor Rick Snyder and Michigan State’s last second win in the Cotton Bowl.
- Best Investigative Reporting for Mariah Harrison’s “Hampton Park Housing Horror” – a series of stories about problems at a Lansing apartment complex.
- Best Public Service for a month-long series on Men’s Health.
- Best Spot News for “Medical Facility Car Crash” – when a suspect rammed his car into a medical facility
- Chivon Kloepfer and chief photographer Dave Parks won Best Feature Story for 9-Year Nightmare – about a young mid-Michigan man who lost his life to anorexia.
- Mariah Harrison, who reports for 6 News This Morning and anchors 6 News This Morning weekends, won Best Reporter/Anchor
- The 6 Sports team won two first place awards: Best Sports Coverage for “Spartans Will: Football’s Final Four” and Best Sportscast for the top-rated “5th Quarter” high school sports show.
- Best Use of Videography for “4th of July Concert” – shot and edited by photographer Blair Nelson.
6 News was also honored for:
- Public Service for “Women’s Build” – an effort led by Sheri Jones to help Habitat for Humanity build a house.
- Newscast for “Crash at Mid-Michigan Physicians” – when a suspect rammed his car into a medical facility.
- Spot News coverage for the aftermath of the tornado that hit Portland, Michigan last summer
- Jane Aldrich and Dave Parks for their feature on organ donation called “Perfect Match” (you can watch part 1 here and part 2 here)
- Sports Coverage for “Miracle at the Big House” – MSU’s last second win over Michigan in football.
- Digital Presence for wlns.com
- Use of Videography for “Meijer Gift Drive” by reporter Alexandra Ilitch and photographer Ian Kast
WLNS-TV competed in a category open to every station in Michigan outside of Detroit.