Sinclair Broadcast Group’s WBFF/Baltimore and WKRC/Cincinnati Honored with National Headliner Awards for Journalistic Excellence from the Press Club of Atlantic City
Sinclair Broadcast Group (Nasdaq: SBGI) is proud to announce that The Press Club of Atlantic City has honored Sinclair-owned WBFF FOX45 in Baltimore and WKRC Local 12 in Cincinnati with a total of four National Headliner Awards for the news teams’ investigative coverage of critical issues that significantly impact local communities.
WBFF Project Baltimore’s three distinctions include:
- FIRST PLACE: Continuing Coverage, WBFF Series “Shredding”
- FIRST PLACE: Documentary, WBFF program “Registered & Enrolled”
- SECOND PLACE: Public Service, WBFF investigation “Learned Helplessness”
WKRC won second place for its “Spotlight on America: Chamber of Hope” coverage in the “Health and Science Reporting” category.
“It is critical that citizens be aware of the issues confronting their communities and have a means to hold their elected officials and local governments accountable,” said Scott Livingston, Senior Vice President of News for Sinclair. “At Sinclair Broadcast Group, we take this responsibility very seriously and our news teams work hard to undertake impactful investigations that enlighten viewers about important local developments that may directly affect their lives. We are immensely proud of both WBFF and WKRC for uncovering crucial information and making a significant impact on the communities they serve.”
Through its Project Baltimore investigative team, WBFF confronts the unique challenges of the Baltimore City and County public school systems, including an investigation which brought to the forefront how the Baltimore City Public School System, despite spending large sums of money on education, has yielded sub-standard test scores and low graduation rates. Their in-depth reporting has also uncovered issues within the Baltimore County Public School System such as the shredding of crucial financial documents, and the county’s flawed approach towards sex offenders within public schools.
WKRC’s “Spotlight on America” extensively examines troubling medical and healthcare issues within the Cincinnati community. “Spotlight on America: Chamber of Hope” sheds a crucial light onto the usage of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in local communities throughout Cincinnati and the larger nation. This award-winning investigation in Cincinnati was part of Sinclair’s nationwide “Spotlight on America” campaign, leveraging the entire expansive Sinclair news portfolio across the U.S. with reporting from multiple Sinclair stations to produce meaningful content with a local focus.
This month, Sinclair also captured 37 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for journalistic excellence, with WBFF winning four of the Murrow Awards including three for its in-depth Project Baltimore coverage.
Founded in 1934 by The Press Club of Atlantic City, the National Headliner Awards program is one of the oldest and largest annual contests recognizing journalistic merit in the communications industry.
A full list of Headliner Award Winners can be found here.
About Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.
Sinclair is a diversified media company and leading provider of local sports and news. The Company owns and/or operates 21 regional sports network brands; owns, operates and/or provides services to 186 television stations in 87 markets; is a leading local news provider in the country; owns multiple national networks; and has TV stations affiliated with all the major broadcast networks. Sinclair’s content is delivered via multiple platforms, including over-the-air, multi-channel video program distributors, and digital platforms. The Company regularly uses its website as a key source of Company information, which can be accessed at www.sbgi.net.