WOOD TV8 awarded AP General Excellence

24 Hour News 8's Ken Kolker and Larry Figurski with WOOD TV8's 2013 AP awards. (June 1, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — WOOD TV8 has been awarded the honor of General Excellence from the Michigan Associated Press.

The recognition for WOOD TV8’s work in 2013 was announced Sunday afternoon at a luncheon in Lansing.

Also at the event, WOOD TV8 received the first-place award in the following categories:

  • Best Enterprise/Investigative Reporting: Target 8 investigator Ken Kolker and photojournalist Bilal Kurdi for their investigation on the state oversight board director who helped a troubled abortion doctor regain his license.
  • Best Continuing Coverage: Our 24 Hour News 8 team for coverage of the death of Trooper Paul Butterfield.
  • Best Spot News: Reporters Ken Kolker and Joe LaFurgey for coverage of a bus crash on I-94.
  • Best Individual Reporting: Reporter, anchor and Target 8 investigator Marlee Ginter.

WOOD TV8 swept the Sports category, taking both first and second place for All Access 8 and Football Frenzy coverage, respectively. Sports reporters Larry Figurski and Casey Jones and Sports Director Jack Doles were named in those awards.

24 Hour News 8 sweeps the Sports categories for the Michigan Associated Press awards. (June 1, 2014)WOOD TV8 also received second-place honors in the following categories:

  • Best Hard News: Our 24 Hour News 8 team for coverage of the 2013 spring flooding.
  • Best Feature Story: Joe LaFurgey and Chief Photojournalist Mike Ingram for our special on PTSD in police.
  • Best Website: woodtv.com.

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