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TEGNA Media Honored with Eight 2015 Salute to Excellence Awards from NABJ

McLEAN, VA – TEGNA Media was the recipient of eight 2015 Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). The awards, according to NABJ, recognize “journalism that best covered the black experience or addressed issues affecting the worldwide black community” during the past year. TEGNA Media stations received eight of the 16 Salute to Excellence Awards given to local television stations, more than any other station group.

“It is an honor to be recognized by NABJ with these awards. TEGNA Media is committed to empowering the people we serve and these awards highlight the creative, unique and moving storytelling that is making a difference in our local communities. Congratulations to all of our winners,” said Dave Lougee, president, TEGNA Media.

TEGNA Media’s KUSA in Denver, CO received three awards. WXIA in Atlanta, GA and KSDK in St. Louis, MO were honored with two awards each and WFAA in Dallas, TX received one award.

In addition, TEGNA Media’s Adrienne Broaddus, from KARE in Minneapolis, MN, was honored with the 2015 NABJ Gannett Foundation Al Neuharth Award. Her story, “A Shared Heart”, highlighted the importance of organ donation and transplantation in the African-American community.

TEGNA Media’s Salute to Excellence Awards honorees include:

General Assignment: Short Form, Market 15 and above
WFAA – Dallas, TX
Demond Fernandez
“Dallas Gang Tour”

Documentary: Market 15 and above
WXIA – Atlanta, GA
Brenda Wood, Stephen Boissy, Jeff Reid
“Mission of Hope”

Public Affairs: Market 15 and above
The Networks of 11Alive (WXIA) – Atlanta, GA
Brenda Wood, Blayne Alexander, Molly Baker, Jeff Reid, Phil Humes
“Raise Your Voice: Stop the Violence”

General Assignment: Short Form Market 16 and below
KUSA – Denver, CO
Anastasiya Bolton, Enrico Meyer
“Seeking Pardon”

General Assignment: Long Form, Market 16 and below
KSDK – St. Louis, MO
Mike Shipley
“Echoes of Ferguson”

Spot News: Market 16 and below
Mike Shipley
“The 5th Night of Civil Unrest in Ferguson”

Photojournalism: Market 16 and below
Byron Reed
“Cleo on Cleo”

Feature: Short Form: Market 16 and below
TaRhonda Thomas, Byron Reed
“The Faded Star”


TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA), formerly Gannett Co., Inc., is comprised of a dynamic portfolio of media and digital businesses that provide content that matters and brands that deliver. TEGNA reaches more than 90 million Americans and delivers highly relevant, useful and smart content, when and how people need it, to make the best decisions possible. TEGNA Media includes 46 television stations (including those serviced by TEGNA) and is the largest independent station group of major network affiliates in the top 25 markets, reaching approximately one-third of all television households nationwide. TEGNA Digital is comprised of, the leading online destination for automotive consumers, CareerBuilder, a global leader in human capital solutions, and other powerful brands such as G/O Digital, Clipper and Sightline Media Group. For more information, visit

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