OCEAN CITY, Md. (WUSA9) -- The awards banquet for the Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association took place Saturday evening and WUSA9 won a total of nine awards, including CAPBA's highest honor "Best in Show" Crystal Mic Award.
1. Best in Show Crystal Mic Award ("USO Turkeys for Troops--Samara Martin Ewing, Jeffrey Cridland, Greg Guise--for reporting on local military families and raising $112,000 to provide holiday food baskets for these families): The judges picked it as best from all the winning television awards. They said, "Outstanding series of spotlights on an important program through the eyes of those who benefit. A great commitment on the part of the station to inform the public while helping those who have sacrificed so much."
2. Outstanding News Operation (WUSA9 news department): The judges said, "The investigative reports put these guys ahead. Great job asking some tough questions. I think the Navy Yard coverage was spot on as well. Great editing and pacing in your stories."
3. Outstanding Year Round Sports (WUSA9 sports department): The judges said, "This really was strong collaborative effort. Great photography and solid reporting."
4. Weathercast (Topper Shutt): The judges said, "There was urgency in this weather segment. The meteorologist warned and informed viewers where the severe weather was and would be. This is the kind of forecasting and information the viewers need to know."
5. Best Reporter (Andrea McCarren): The judges said, "I never wanted to stop watching; never wanted to forward through the stories. You did a fabulous job of drawing the viewers in and making them feel like part of the story. You're a natural story-teller, with help from great editing and nice usage of music."
6. Long Form Reporting ("Madiba: The Heart of South Africa" – Derek McGinty, Kevin King, Samara Martin Ewing-- for reporting on the death and funeral of Nelson Mandela)
7. Enterprise reporting ("DC Cabbies Pass People with Disabilities"-- Russ Ptacek, Erin Van der Bellen, Felix Ortiz, Samara Martin Ewing-- for reporting on DC cab drivers not picking up people with disabilities)
8. News Series ("Saving Ryan"--- Andrea McCarren, Joe Martin— for reporting on a young man trying to overcome his addiction to heroin): The judges said, "The storytelling and editing put the audience into the mind of an addict. We connected with the audience."
9. Public Affairs ("USO Turkeys for Troops — Samara Martin Ewing, Jeffrey Cridland , Greg Guise— for reporting on local military families and raising $112,000 to provide holiday food baskets for these families)
PHOTOS: WUSA9 wins 8 awards from CAPBA: http://on.wusa9.com/1kaiCnE