WKYT wins six first place awards in KAPB news excellence competition

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP/WKYT) - The Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters honored WKYT with six first-place awards, including best digital coverage, at its annual news excellence competition.

In KAPB’s annual news excellence awards, WKYT competes with all Lexington and Louisville television stations.

Digital coverage: WKYT won top honors in Kentucky for its news coverage online and through the use of social media.

Weather anchor: Meteorologist Jim Caldwell won first place for his daily forecasts, in-field reporting and use of social media.

Best multimedia reporter: Garrett Wymer won first place honors with his work throughout 2016.

Best news videography: Barton Bill won for the story "UK Doctor vs UK Healthcare," which examined renowned University of Kentucky surgeon Dr. Paul Kearney’s claim he was put on the medical sidelines because he questioned the finances of a foundation created to help bolster patient care.

Best sports feature: Lee K. Howard's story "Lifesaving Fall: Gymnast Beats Brain Cancer" looked at how former University of Kentucky gymnast Shelby Hilton's fall during a routine performance may have saved her life.

Best sports special: "The Team: The 1996 National Champions," produced by WKYT's Dick Gabriel and former University of Kentucky player Cameron Mills, won for its in-depth look at the squad affectionately regarded as “The Untouchables” in Big Blue Nation lore.

The KAPB recognized WKYT with four second-place awards and seven third place awards.

WKYT investigative reporter Miranda Combs and photographer Barton Bill won second and third place honors in the public affairs category. They also won second place in the best investigative reporting category.

In the best political coverage category, WKYT’s Phil Pendleton won second place for coverage of the 2016 Fancy Farm political picnic while Bill Bryant won third place for his work on the weekly public affairs program “Kentucky Newsmakers.”

WKYT also won second place honors for best evening newscast.

KAPB awarded third place honors to WKYT for its breaking news coverage of the January 2016 Bluegrass Stockyards fire; sports prep show for "WKYT Game Time;" best sports or feature videography for work by Lee K. Howard; daytime newscast for “WKYT This Morning;” and overall excellence.

Twenty-five broadcast organizations and five Kentucky colleges and universities submitted 531 entries in the contest, which featured news, sports, and weather reporting as well as feature, investigative, public interest reporting, photography, video, and website categories. The Associated Press is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing 1,400 newspapers and 5,000 broadcast stations in the United States.