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Knox News wins big at 2022 Society of Professional Journalists Awards

Knox News is taking time to celebrate a few of its own.

The East Tennessee Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalist presented its annual Golden Press Card awards Thursday and the Knoxville News Sentinel was honored with 18 awards.

Judged by the Greater Cincinnati SPJ Professional Chapter, the awards honored the best of broadcast, digital and print journalism in East Tennessee. The 18 awards were the most for any news outlet, and included 12 first place wins and the community service and Best of Show awards.

“Winning the top awards in so many categories across so many types of storytelling, including best news video, best podcast and best digital content, shows how the role of the local ‘newspaper’ has expanded so much to deliver news to people wherever, whenever and however they want it,” said Joel Christopher, Knox News executive editor.

“And winning (these top awards) highlights the incredible depth of talent in East Tennessee’s deepest newsroom. It says a lot about this community that our journalists want to tell their stories with such passion and care.”

These are the Knox News first place awards:

BEST OF SHOW – ALL MEDIA

Article: DA releases police cam video under pressure from media, families

Reporters: Tyler Whetstone, Monica Kast, Isabel Lohman

Knox News journalists report on the fight for public release of body camera footage of the fatal police shooting of 17-year-old Anthony J. Thompson at Austin-East Magnet High School in 2021.

HORACE V. WELLS JR. COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD – ALL MEDIA

Article: Knox County immigration enforcement may be illegal

Reporters: Tyler Whetstone, Jesse Fox Mayshark of Compass Knox

Knox News and Compass Knox reporters team up to investigate a Knox County immigration enforcement policy that should have been approved by the Knox County Commission but wasn’t.

BEST DIGITAL CONTENT – ALL MEDIA

Article: Wildfires, racist cops and an iconic senator’s career comes to a close

Reporter: Tyler Whetstone

BEST PODCAST – ALL MEDIA

Podcast: The Scruffy Stuff

Journalists: Ryan Wilusz, Brenna McDermott, Calvin Mattheis

BEST NEWS VIDEO – ALL MEDIA

Video: Five years later, helicopter pilot shares reflections on 2016 Gatlinburg fire

Photojournalist: Brianna Paciorka

DEADLINE/BREAKING NEWS REPORTING – NEWSPAPER

Article: Capitol insurrection: ‘Shots fired’

Reporter: Tyler Whetstone

US Rep. Tim Burchett provided a live account to a Knox News reporter as chaos erupted in the nation’s capital as supporters of President Donald Trump swarmed the US Capitol building.

FEATURE REPORTING – NEWSPAPER

Article: Danny Mayfield forever changed Knoxville politics. Many wonder what could have been

Reporter: Angela Dennis

GENERAL REPORTING – NEWSPAPER

Article: Knoxville police commanders covered up cop’s racist behavior

Reporter: Tyler Whetstone

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS REPORTING – NEWSPAPER

Article: Knoxville considers, quashes open container proposal

Reporter: Ryan Wilusz

PANDEMIC REPORTING – NEWSPAPER

Article: COVID cases undercounts, lack of access to vaccines and the personal toll

Reporters: Vincent Gabrielle, Isabel Lohman

PERSONAL COLUMNS/REVIEW/CRITICISM – NEWSPAPER

Article: Tennessee football under new leadership

Reporter: Blake Toppmeyer

SERIES/PACKAGE/PROJECT WRITING – NEWSPAPER

Article: DA releases police cam video under pressure from media, families

Reporters: Tyler Whetstone, Monica Kast, Isabel Lohman

SPORTS REPORTING NEWSPAPER – NEWSPAPER

Article: The night Lane Kiffin left Knoxville lives in infamy

Reporter: Adam Sparks

Visit etspj.org for a full list of the 2021 Golden Press Card winners.

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