The Georgia Associated Press Honors WRDW-TV News 12

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- WRDW-TV News 12 has won seven top journalism awards and also received the Pacemaker Award for outstanding excellence by the Georgia Associated Press.

The first place honors include Best Investigative Reporting for 12 On Your Side’s uncovering of questionable business practices by an Augusta job placement agency and Best Spot News Reporting for the news staff’s coverage of last October’s deadly shooting inside University Hospital.

Top honors also went to News 12 anchors. Anchor Richard Rogers was named Best Anchor/Reporter. Meredith Anderson received first place for Best Series Reporting for her reports on “The Potter’s House”, a grassroots, faith-based home rehabilitating women with drug addictions.

News 12 Sports, led by Sports Director Kevin Faigle, received first place in Best Sports Reporting for Operation Football Live, News 12’s high school football season special. The News 12 Staff also received Best Spot News Video as well as Best Staff Coverage.

“These honors, particularly the Pacemaker Award, are especially rewarding because they represent the journalistic strength of our news team as a whole,” said Estelle Parsley, VP. of News & Operations. This is the second year in a row the Georgia Associated Press has awarded WRDW-TV News 12 the Pacemaker Award.

The Georgia Associated Press also gave Honorable Mentions to News 12 for the past year in seven areas of reporting, including Best Newscast, Best Sportscast and Best Multiplatform Coverage.

WRDW-TV remains Augusta’s most honored news team. Other journalism awards for this past year include an Emmy nomination, a regional Edward R. Murrow Award, five GABBY Awards and seven Merit Awards by the Georgia Association of Broadcasters.


  • Emmy Nomination by National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences “Best Public Service/Community Programming – Anchor/Reporter Meredith Anderson
  • Induction into Silver Circle Honor Society by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – VP of News & Operations Estelle Parsley

Radio Television Digital News Association Edward R. Murrow Awards

  • 5-State Regional Edward R. Murrow Award “Best Writing" – Anchor/Reporter Meredith Anderson

Georgia Association of Broadcasters GABBY Awards

  • Best TV Personality – Anchor/Reporter Meredith Anderson
  • Best Investigative Reporting – Anchor/Reporter Meredith Anderson
  • Best Locally Produced Program – Anchor/Reporter Meredith Anderson
  • Best Feature Reporting – Anchor/Reporter Richard Rogers
  • Best Commercial, PSA or Promo
  • 2013 TV Station of the Year

Georgia Association of Broadcasters Merit Awards

  • Best Newscast – News 12 Staff
  • Best Use of Technology/New Media – News 12 Staff
  • Best Website – News 12 Staff
  • Best Investigative Reporting – Reporter Liz Owens
  • Best News Story – Reporter Liz Owens
  • Best Sports Reporter – Sports Anchor/Reporter Jake Young
  • Best Weathercast – Chief Meteorologist Shane Butler

Georgia Associated Press Awards Winners

  • Best Anchor/Reporter – Richard Rogers
  • Best Investigative Reporting – Reporter Liz Owens
  • Best Series Reporting – Anchor/Reporter Meredith Anderson
  • Best Sports Reporting – Sports Staff
  • Best Spot News – News 12 Staff
  • Best Spot News Video – News 12 Staff
  • Best Staff Coverage – News 12 Staff

Georgia Associated Press Honorable Mentions

  • Best Newscast – News 12 Staff
  • Best Reporter/Anchor – Meredith Anderson
  • Best Specialized Reporting – Reporter Liz Owens
  • Best Sportscast – Sports Director Kevin Faigle
  • Best Spot News Video – News 12 Staff
  • Best Staff Coverage – News 12 Staff
  • Best Multiplatform Coverage of a Single Story – News 12 Staff

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1212 Augusta, GA 30903 Main Telephone: (803) 278-1212 Newsroom: (803) 278-3111 Fax: (803) 442-4561
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