So many awards, so little space!

By Rick Johnson -

I love it when I get the opportunity to brag about the accomplishments of our stellar WGCU news staff.

At the recent 2019 Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Awards ceremonies, Team WGCU brought home the crystal — five 1st place awards and six 2nd place awards for journalistic excellence. As you can see from the list below the range of topics – from red tide to Everblades hockey – was broad and representative of the excellent work our reporters, producers and hosts bring to you day in and day out.

But that’s not all!  We just found out that WGCU also won a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for our in-depth and ongoing coverage of the red tide and blue-green algae plague that infested Southwest Florida’s waters.

Hmmm, looks like it’s time to look into getting a larger trophy case.        

1st place:

Best Use of Sound: Julie Glenn, “Scientists Look for a Link Between Lake Okeechobee Releases and Red Tide”

Best Feature Hard News: Rachel Iacovone, “Everglades City Family Still Living in the Backyard a Year After Hurricane Irma”

Best Feature Light News: Andrea Perdomo, “The Holidays with Wotts Mercy”

General Assignment: Rachel Iacovone, “Children of Immigrants Join Rally After ICE Arrests in Collier County”

Best Mid-term Elections Reporter Assignment: Andrea Perdomo and Julie Glenn

2nd place:

Digital Programming: Grape Minds

Continuing Coverage: Julie Glenn, Rachel Iacovone and Andrea Perdomo, “Red Tide and Blue Green Algae Converge in Southwest Florida Waters”

Public Affairs: Julie Glenn, Jessica Meszaros and Rachel Iacovone, “Continuing the Conversation About Sex Trafficking Awareness Beyond the Month of January”

Breaking News: Andrea Perdomo, “Shorebirds Fall Out of The Sky on a Southwest Florida Beach”

Weather Reporting: Rachel Iacovone, “Hurricane Michael Impacts Southwest Florida Communities”

Sports Feature: Rachel Iacovone, “Everblades’ Strong Season Ends on Home Ice” 

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