News outlets from across the state received recognition last weekend for their coverage of the May 22, 2011, Joplin Tornado.
The biggest shock came in the spot news category for radio in medium markets where KTTS of Springfield took first place for its coverage while the raw, dramatic coverage that I and thousands of people in this area heard from KZRG received a certificate of merit, or second place.
Other tornado-related awards were given to the following:
Spot News- Television- First Place- KOAM- May 22 Tornado
Spot News- Television- Medium Markets- First Place- KYTV- "Search for Survivors" Second Place- KSPR- "Joplin Tornado Damage"
Corporate Award for Community Service- First Place- Emmons Communications, St. Louis, "Joplin Tornado Relief"
Documentary/Public Affairs- Class III, First Place, KODE- "Extreme Makeover Home Edition Behind the Scenes"
Station-Sponsored Community Event- Second Place- KSPR- "Join in for Joplin ($360,000 raised)
Investigative Reporting- First Place- KYTV- "Weather Radio Woes"
Special Programs- Radio- Medium Market- First Place- KSMU, Springfield, "The Joplin Tornado: A Retrospective Sound Portrait"
Special Programs- Radio- Large Market- First Place- KTRS, St. Louis, "Night Court: Joplin Tornado Disaster"
Special Programs- Television- Class III- First Place- KODE- "Extreme Makeover Home Edition: Behind the Scenes"
Special Programs- Television- Class II- Second Place- KSPR- "Survive the Storm"
Sports- Television- Class III- First Place- KODE "Jamie McMurray in Joplin"
Sports- Television- Class II- KOLR, Springfield, First Place- "Joplin Football"
News Series- Television- Class III- KOMU, Columbia, First Place- "32 Minutes in May: Storm Chasers"
News Series- Television- Class II- KYTV- First Place- "Greensburg to Joplin"
Public Service Announcement or Campaign- Medium Market Radio- KATI-FM, Jefferson City, "Joplin Relief Drive"
Best Weathercast- Television- Class III- KSNF- "Joplin Tornado Warning
Best Weathercast- Television- Class II- KSPR, "After the Tornado"