St. Petersburg, FL (June 2, 2009) -- The Society of Professional Journalists has announced the winners of the 2009 Sunshine State Awards. The big winner in the broadcast division was 10 Connects which collected more first, second and third place than any other television station in the state of Florida.
Winning First Place SPJ Awards from 10 Connects were: Reporter Preston Rudie and Photojournalist Adam D. Vance in feature reporting; Reporter Mike Deeson and Photojournalist Paul Thorson in investigative reporting; and Mike Deeson and Photojournalist Tim Burquist in political/government reporting.
Second Place winners from 10 Connects were: Reporter Grayson Kamm in sports reporting; Mike Deeson and Adam Vance in criminal justice reporting; and Mike Deeson and Paul Thorson in political/government reporting.
Third Place winners from 10 Connects were: Reporter Tammie Fields and Adam Vance in investigative reporting; Angela Jacobs and Adam Vance in sports reporting; and Reporter Kathryn Bursch and Photojournalist Mitchell Wallace in consumer reporting.
10 Connects is the brand name for WTSP-TV, the Gannett Co., Inc. owned CBS affiliate serving the Tampa Bay region.
Gannett TV stations are: W*USA, Washington, DC; WXIA and WATL, Atlanta; KARE, Minneapolis; WTSP, Tampa-St. Petersburg; WKYC, Cleveland; KPNX, Phoenix, KNAZ, Flagstaff; K*USA and KTVD, Denver; KXTV, Sacramento; KSDK, St. Louis; WZZM, Grand Rapids, MI; WFMY, Greensboro, NC; WGRZ, Buffalo, NY; WTLV and WJXX, Jacksonville, FL; KTHV, Little Rock; WBIR, Knoxville, TN; WCSH, Portland, ME; WLTX, Columbia, SC; WMAZ, Macon, GA; and WLBZ, Bangor, ME.
In addition to its TV stations, Gannett Co., Inc. is an international news and information company operating on multiple other platforms including the Internet, mobile, newspapers and magazines. Gannett is an Internet leader with hundreds of newspaper and TV Web sites; CareerBuilder.com, the nation's top employment site; USATODAY.com; and more than 80 local MomsLikeMe.com sites. Gannett publishes 85 daily U.S. newspapers, including USA TODAY, the nation's largest-selling daily newspaper, and more than 850 magazines and other non-dailies including USA WEEKEND. Gannett subsidiary Newsquest is the United Kingdom's second largest regional newspaper company with 17 daily paid-for titles, more than 200 weekly newspapers, magazines and trade publications, and a network of Web sites.