WTVD reporter Tim Pulliam was named TV Reporter of the Year for North and South Carolina during the Associated Press/Radio Television Digital News Association awards ceremony last month in Charlotte. Pulliam submitted a compilation of stories that showcased his work at ABC11.
WTVD reporter Tim Pulliam was named TV Reporter of the Year for North and South Carolina during the Associated Press/Radio Television Digital News Association awards ceremony last month in Charlotte. Pulliam submitted a compilation of stories that showcased his work at ABC11.

State

WTVD has the TV reporter of the year, while WRAL anchors are tops and WNCN wins for weather

By Brooke Cain

bcain@newsobserver.com

December 29, 2017 09:08 AM

WTVD reporter Tim Pulliam was named TV Reporter of the Year for North and South Carolina during the Associated Press/Radio Television Digital News Association awards ceremony last month in Charlotte.

More than 700 journalists and news agencies submitted work to be nominated in various categories covering station awards like best evening newscast and special reports, as well as individual honors such as the one Pulliam received.

Pulliam submitted a compilation of stories that showcased his work at ABC11.

ABC World News Tonight Weekend anchor and Chief National Correspondent Tom Llamas spoke at the ceremony.

Never miss a local story.

Sign up today for unlimited digital access to our website, apps, the digital newspaper and more

Other major awards for local Division 1 stations included WRAL’s first-place win for Outstanding News Operation and first- and second-place wins respectively for anchors Debra Morgan and Renee Chou, in the TV News Anchor of the Year category.

WNCN’s Kristin Ketchell won top honors for TV Weathercaster of the Year.

Learn more about the awards at RTDNAC.org.

Other TV awards

Station awards

▪ WRAL took second place in the Consumer/Economic category for a Monica Laliberte story on windows that spark fires; second place in the Education category with a report on race concerns in schools; first and second place in the Entertainment category for a Candace Sweat story on a yoga instructor who breaks body image barriers and a Mikaya Thurmond story on heroes who walk among us; second place in the General News category for a Bryan Mims story on a teen meeting the family of a heart donor; second place in the Health/Medicine category for Renee Chou’s report on navigating cancer; first place in Light Features for a Julia Sims story on foster children; first and second place for news specials “Black & Blue” and “Fran”; and second place for Sports Reporting for a story on Ryan Held winning Olympic gold.

WRAL also won first place for best TV News Website.

▪ WNCN won its share of awards as well. The CBS North Carolina station won second place in the Evening Newscast category; second place in the Consumer/Economic category with Sean Maroney’s report on how to avoid summer camp scams; and second place in Light Features for Justin Quesinberry’s story about a Grammy-bound student musician.

▪ WTVD won first place in the Political category for Jonah Kaplan’s report on the N.C. governor’s race.

▪ UNC-TV won first place for its Hard News Feature about Endurance Seafood and first place in the Health/Medicine category for Heather Burgiss’ report on twin brothers who play on their high school football team while managing Type 1 diabetes.

▪ Spectrum News won second place for its coverage of the final night of the Republican National Convention.

Individual awards

▪ WRAL’s Stephanie Beck won second place for TV News Producer of the Year.

▪ WNCN’s weekend morning team of Beairshelle Edme, Kristin Ketchell and Justin Quesinberry won second place for TV News Anchor Team of the Year. Also at WNCN, AJ Janavel won second place for TV News Media Journalist of the Year, and Jeff Jones won second place for TV Sportscaster of the Year.

▪ Rick Willis, the news director for Spectrum News who retired earlier this year after 50 years in the business, received the Margaret Murchison News Director of the Year Award.

In radio

▪ WUNC’s Jeff Tiberii was named the Radio Reporter of the Year.

▪ Newsradio 680 WPTF was named the Outstanding Radio News Operation of the Year. 680 also won first place in Breaking News for its report on an incident at Crabtree Valley Mall in early 2017, and first place in the Entertainment category for a May 2017 report by Scott Briggaman. The station also won first place for its News Special on the North Carolina Central Police Forum report by Josh Zach, and first place for its Oct. 10 2016 Radio News Block.