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 eight categories in its small market division winning Best Overall, Best Web Site, Best Public Affairs, Best TV Investigative Story, Best TV Reporter, Best TV Weather Anchor, Best TV Sportscaster, and Best TV Videographer.
Best Overall: The Channel 3 Eyewitness News team took home the top honor of the night in its division for the station's body of work in 2012. The judges viewed a compilation of stories and projects the station covered over the course of the year.
Best Public Affairs: The entire Channel 3 Eyewitness News team was recognized for its effort on Bully Battle: A Town Hall Meeting which increased awareness and offered solutions to bullying. This project has already won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, and West Virginia.
Best Web Site: Manager of Digital Media Tracey Trumbull, Web Producers Ken Nicholson, Cheri Burt and the entire news staff were honored for their work on WRCBtv.com, winning best in its division.
Best Investigative Story: Photojournalist Ramsay Fulbright and Gordon Boyd were recognized for their work on the story, "Jailhouse Snacks" which exposed missing funds on an inmate's EBT card which led to the indictment of a jail employee.
Best TV Weather Anchor: Chief Meteorologist Paul Barys.
Best TV Sportscaster: Paul Shahen
Best TV Reporter: Matt Barbour
Best TV Videographer: Ramsay Fulbright
The station was recognized a finalist in four other categories: Best Newscast, Best Hard News Story, Best Breaking News Coverage, and Best Sports Talk Show. 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.