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Society of Professional Journalists honors to Channel 3

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KNOXVILLE (WRCB) - The Channel 3 Eyewitness News team is bringing several journalism awards to Chattanooga. The station was honored in the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists' Golden Press Card Awards Friday evening in Knoxville.

Channel 3 received top honors of the night for General Reporting and another first place award for Best Public Affairs Programming. The General Reporting Award of Excellence honored the staff's body of work following the six months after the April 27, 2011 storms. The station finished ahead of WBIR-TV, Knoxville, which received second place for its flood coverage. The Award of Excellence for Public Affairs Programming honored WRCB-TV Channel 3 for its relief telethon after the storms.

The SPJ awarded Channel 3 its Award of Merit for Breaking News Reporting of the Labor Day 2011 floods.

Reporter Paul Shahen and Photojournalist Tim McCurry were honored with an Award of Merit for Sports Reporting on "Caleb's Story," about the local man trying to become a Paralympic athlete.

The East Tennessee chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists covers Knoxville, Chattanooga, Kingsport, Johnson City, Bristol, and other cities around the eastern third of the state.

"The 2011 year was one of sorrow and hope for our community; and the staff at Channel 3 worked hard to bring all of those stories into context as they happened," said WRCB News Director Derrall Stalvey.

"The team deserves the recognition that continues to come its way."

The station's newspaper partner, Chattanooga Times Free Press, was honored with 14 awards in the print and online categories. To see an entire list of winners, click here.

The SPJ Awards announcement comes two weeks after WRCB was honored with the 2011 Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence for the Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, and West Virginia region.

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