Mike Reader's dedication to our community. Jeff Lawson's dedication to telling stories from the greatest generation. Rebecca Powers' dedication to protecting children. Steve Phillips' dedication to his craft.
Saturday night, Mississippi's Associated Press board saluted Mike, Jeff, Rebecca, Steve and the WLOX staff for our commitment to South Mississippi in 2013.
WLOX News won 18 awards at Saturday's annual AP banquet, more than any other large market television station in Mississippi.
We received the best documentary award and the prestigious achievement award for our program "Reflections of Honor."
Our unforgettable reactions when the government shutdown nearly derailed an Honor Flight were judged to be the best general news story in Mississippi.
Rebecca Powers' efforts to hold the Department of Human Services accountable were judged to be the state's best public affairs reporting.
The best photography in a news story was found in a Steve Phillips piece about the replica ships Nina and Pinta visiting Biloxi.
As for Mike Reader, the Mississippi AP inducted our friend and Chief Meteorologist into its Hall of Fame. Mike becomes the seventh WLOX staffer to be named the best of the best in Mississippi broadcasting.
Congratulations to him and to everyone else on our staff.
Here is a list of all the awards WLOX News brought home from Saturday night's AP awards banquet:
Public Affairs Reporting
2nd Reflections of Honor
2nd Action Reports
1st Reflections of Honor
3rd Halat interview
2nd Renee Johnson
3rd South MS Ink (Steve Phillips)
1st Nina and Pinta (Steve Phillips)
3rd Bridge Inspection (Steve Phillips)
1st Govt. Shutdown and the Honor Flight (Jeff Lawson)
3rd Ride to Recovery (Steve Phillips)
3rd Hattiesburg Tornados (Steve Phillips)
2nd Simon Roussel (Tyler Bouldin)
3rd MSU Bulldogs Camp (Steve Phillips)
2nd Tyler Bouldin
3rd Mike Reader
1st Reflections of Honor
Hall of Fame Mike Reader joins Dave Vincent, Jeff Lawson, Doug Walker, Bobby Allen, A.J. Giardina and Greg McNease as WLOX hall of fame members
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