HARTFORD May 1, 2008–The Connecticut Associated Press awarded the Fox 61 News At Ten with five prestigious awards at their annual banquet on Friday night, including the coveted “Best Newscast” award.
Reporter John Charlton and photographer Earl Glazier took home “Best Feature Story” for Ice Harvesting, a story about people who still refrigerate their food and cool their homes the way they did 100 years ago, by cutting blocks of ice out of lakes in the winter and storing them in ice houses. Reporter Jim Altman and photographer Mike Piskorski won in the “General News” category for their story SWAT Challenge, an inside look at the competition to find the best SWAT team in New England. Photographer Nick Dethlefsen won for “Breaking News Videography” for the story New Pigs on the Block, an unusual look at what happened when dozens of pigs got out of their pen when someone left a gate open. Photographers Mike Piskorski and Garett Allison won “Best Sports Videographer” for the piece Roller Girls, an inside look at the world of Roller Derby, which is making a comeback in Connecticut. The AP Awards honor broadcasters for significant achievements over the past year.
“We have a great news team at Fox 61, each person brings their own unique perspective to the job. These awards reflect that range, from “Best Newscast” to features like New Pigs on the Block to “Sports Videographer”,” said Fox 61 News At Ten Director, Bob Rockstroh. It’s nice to be recognized by other broadcasters outside of Connecticut for the quality of work that we do on a daily basis”.
In addition to being a continual market leader, this month Fox 61 received 18 Emmy nominations, more than any other Connecticut station. The same team that has made Fox 61 News at Ten number one also produces the Fox 61 Morning Show, which launched to high viewer praise in March.