WHIO-TV Top Broadcast Media Winner in Cincinnati SPJ Awards

CINCINNATI — The Society of Professional Journalists Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter has recognized WHIO-TV with the most broadcast awards out of any Dayton and Cincinnati area media outlet.

Most of News Center 7′s 10 total SPJ Cincinnati wins and finalist nominations focused on WHIO’s Memorial Day tornado coverage, including best newscast, best documentary: A Community Rises, special report: Walking The Path of the Storm and Chief Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs and Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini’s “Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast.”

The I-team’s Molly Koweek and Matthew Simon’s investigative reporting on the Austin Hopkin’s case and a loophole leaving veterans without emergency medical coverage were also honored.

Channel 7′s John Bedell’s “The Truth about Tourette’s” received best feature story. WHIO Special Projects Photojournalist Mike Burianek, who shot and edited Bedell’s story, won four total awards, including best videographer.

News Center 7′s Sean Cudahy and Photojournalist Chuck Hamlin were also each finalists for best reporter and best videographer.

WHIO-TV’s full list of winners and finalists:


Best TV Newscast: Memorial Day Tornadoes: (WHIO-TV/whio.com Team): https://youtu.be/rak5l0K-HvM

Investigative Reporting: Austin Hopkins Series (Molly Koweek/Mike Burianek/Matthew Simon): https://youtu.be/wMhxoyFrPKs

Documentary: The Memorial Day Tornadoes: A Community Rises: (Caryn Golden, Matthew Simon, Mike Burianek, Emily Gay, Bob Garlock, Carole Hepp, Paul Morel, Scott Tipton, Patrick Johnston, Todd Carter, Trey Back, Steve McGuire, Javon Pippins): https://youtu.be/E6tGDnnz7ws

Feature Story: Truth About Tourette’s (John Bedell/Mike Burianek): https://youtu.be/3MDNdHa83r4

Videography: Mike Burianek: https://youtu.be/axWD6uxvp_o


Best Overall Broadcast Reporter: Sean Cudahy: https://youtu.be/dg04beygOYw

Videography: Chuck Hamlin: https://youtu.be/RIt9o8kq1-A

Investigative Reporting: Veterans’ ER Loophole (Matthew Simon/Mike Burianek): https://youtu.be/P1RUuEJkIfo

Special Report or Program: Walking The Path Of The Storm: (McCall Vrydaghs/Mike Burianek/Matthew Simon) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2vTgf--joQ

Podcast: Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast (Kirsite Zontini & McCall Vrydaghs): https://youtu.be/MSoncF2lsis

Matthew Simon

Matthew Simon

I'm proud to lead the I-Team, News Center 7's investigative and special reports unit. During my 20 yrs in the business, I've always admired WHIO-TV as the best in the business. I couldn't resist the opportunity when WHIO-TV recruited me to join their team as Special Projects Executive Producer. Watch my in-depth I-team reports on News Center 7.