JOHNSTON, Iowa (WGEM) – WGEM News received top honors from the Iowa Broadcast News Association during its annual awards banquet held at the Stoney Creek Inn in Johnston Saturday night.
The highlight of the night was receiving the coveted “Overall Excellence” award, which recognized WGEM News’ daily commitment to excellence in journalism.
“We take our commitment to covering the entire Tri-State region seriously,” said WGEM News Director Chad Mahoney. “Our journalists regularly cover issues impacting Iowa and I’m pleased that their efforts in the state were recognized by IBNA.”
Other highlights included receiving First Place Awards for Best Newscast, Spot News and In-Depth Series.
The In-Depth Series award recognized WGEM News’ daily live segments early in the pandemic, which allowed viewers to ask questions directly to local doctors and community leaders.
“Last spring, there were a lot of questions about coronavirus. The answers kept changing, as scientists learned more about the virus,” Mahoney explained. “So, we wanted to allow viewers to ask those questions to local experts, including those in Lee County, Iowa.”
WGEM News also received awards in the categories of Public Affairs, Sports Coverage, General Reporting, Best Sportscast and Political Coverage.