CHICAGO (WREX) — The 13 WREX team received a Regional Emmy Award for its comprehensive coverage of the opioid epidemic in northern Illinois.
The award was announced Saturday night in Chicago at the 60th Annual Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards Ceremony. It is the fourth Regional Emmy in the last four years for the 13 WREX team.
The Emmy was awarded in the “Societal Concerns Report” category and was up against seven other nominees. A second Emmy was given in the same category to WMAQ/WSNS.
In November 2017, the 13 WREX team did a news and community service project on the impact the opioid epidemic was having here in the Rockford area. The comprehensive coverage, titled Hooked: The Opioid Epidemic Hits Home, included 20 special reports, a 20-minute documentary as well as a 90-minute town hall event.
“This Emmy is a result of countless hours of hard work and effort put into reporting on an issue that has had an immeasurable impact on our community,” said Josh Morgan, News Director at 13 WREX.
13 WREX was also nominated for two other Regional Emmy Awards, including one in the “Evening Newscast” category and one in the “Environmental Report” category.
Last month, 13 WREX accepted the station’s first ever National Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence. Also in 2018, WREX was named Station of the Year by the Illinois Broadcasters Association and Outstanding News Operation by the Illinois Associated Press.