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A Look Back at WGCU’s Award-Winning Reporting of 2017

For Southwest Florida, 2017 was a year dramatically punctuated by the September arrival of Hurricane Irma.

It was an extreme storm, which dominated the news in the weeks leading up to and the months that followed landfall. And, WGCU’s coverage of that storm garnered a number of awards.

But, the storm wasn’t the only thing that made news last year. Protests over confederate monuments, immigration bans from the Trump administration, toxic waste being dumped in local neighborhoods — all of these stories — and more were reported on by WGCU, and together, the news team brought home nine Associated Press awards and five Edward R. Murrow awards, including the Florida Associated Press’ Radio Station of the Year.

In light of that, Gulf Coast Live is spending the hour taking a look back at the award winners:

Regional Edward R. Murrow in Hard News and Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Award for General Assignment