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Associated Press honors Channel 3 at awards ceremony in Nashville

NASHVILLE (WRCB) - The Tennessee Associated Press Broadcasters and Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors honored the best journalists in the state on Saturday evening in Nashville.

The annual awards presentation at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel recognized radio, television, newspaper, and online media organizations.

WRCB Channel 3 Eyewitness News took home top honors in nine categories in its small market division winning Public Affairs Programming, Short Light Feature, Best Breaking News, Investigative Reporting, Best Newscast, Best Sports Talk Show, Best Weather Anchor, Best Web Site, and Best Overall.

Best Newscast: Channel 3 Eyewitness News at 6:00 is produced by Ashlee Pitzl and anchored by Cindy Sexton, David Carroll, Chief Meteorologist Paul Barys, and Sports Anchor Keith Cawley.

Best Public Affairs Programming: Channel 3 and its partners at US-101 organized a tornado relief telethon in downtown Chattanooga following the April 27, 2011 storms.

Best Breaking News: The entire Channel 3 Eyewitness News team was recognized for its effort on covering breaking news of the historic Labor Day 2011 floods.

Best Short Light Feature: Channel 3 Eyewitness News/Sports Reporter Paul Shahen was honored for his coverage of Caleb Stallings, a local paraplegic teenage beating the odds.

Best Web Site: Interactive Director Rich Sobolewski, Web Producer Ken Nicholson, and the entire news staff were honored for their work on WRCBtv.com, winning best in its division.

Best Investigative Reporting: The 3 On Your Side reporting of Callie Starnes earns top honors for investigative report of Allcare Dental that closed without notice and left patients with unfinished work.

Best Sports Talk Show: Sports Anchors Keith Cawley and Paul Shahen head an all-star cast for the station's Friday Night Football program. The well-rounded show features former Miss Tennessee Stefanie Wittler to profile fans, former UT Drum Major Greg Glover to showcase marching bands, former UT Vol Gerald Riggs, Jr., and former Cleveland High assistant coach Mark Tipton.

Best Weather Anchor: The Tennessee Valley's most trusted meteorologist, Paul Barys, is recognized by the AP for his work tracking storms and keeping viewers prepared.

Best Overall: The staff earned the top category of the night for its body of work for 2011.

A complete list of winners can be found by clicking here. The Associated Press includes television markets from across the state including Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Tri-Cities, and Jackson.

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