8News wins big at the Virginias AP Broadcasters awards

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — 8News were winners at the 2017 Virginias Associated Press Broadcasters award ceremony announced Saturday in White Sulphur Springs.

8News placed first in Virginia and West Virginia in the large market television category for Investigative Reporting and Weather coverage.  

8News anchor and investigative reporter Kerri O’Brien and photographer Forrest Shelor won the region’s AP Award for Best Investigative Reporting for their May 2017 report on unclaimed restitution in Chesterfield County.  

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Chief Meteorologist John Bernier was named the region’s Best Weathercaster. 

8News anchor Amy Lacey and executive producer Katie Shelor took  in the ‘Douglas Southall Freeman’ Award for Excellence in Public Service for their 30-minute special “The Poverty Project.”

8News Special Report: The Poverty Project

Former executive producer Amanda George and weeknight producer McKenzie Bennett won second place for Best Newscast. Bennett, who produces the 11 p.m. newscast weeknights, also finished second in the Best Producer category. 

Twenty-nine stations in Virginia and West Virginia submitted 370 entries.

The awards were presented at the broadcasters group’s annual meeting at The Greenbrier Resort.

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