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2020 RTDNAC Award Winners

Winners of the 2020 RTDNAC awards competition were announced Nov. 14, 2020.

Click on a tab below to view winners for a specific division.



Best Newscast
– First Place: WRAL – Riot Aftermath
– Second Place: WNCN CBS 17 – CBS 17 11 p.m.

Breaking News
– First Place: WRAL – Protests in Downtown Raleigh
– Second Place: WSOC-TV – Protests in Charlotte

– First Place: WSOC-TV – Action 9: Where’s My Stimulus Check? – Jason Stoogenke, Mike Stolp
– Second Place: WGHP FOX8 – Deal or Dud

– First Place: WBTV – J. Stace the Science Ace – Jonathan Stacey,
– Second Place: Spectrum News – The “New Norm” in Education – Loretta Boniti, Mark Barger

– First Place: WSOC-TV – Portal – Corey Gensler, Elsa Gillis
– Second Place: WLOS – The Three Stooges Were Here – John Le, Matthew Yates

General News
– First Place: WNCN CBS 17 – McDougald Terrace: Public Housing Crisis – Crystal Price
– Second Place: WTVI PBS Charlotte – Carolina Impact / COVID-19 in the Carolinas – Jeff Sonier, Doug Stacker, Russ Hunsinger

General News by Multimedia Journalist
– First Place: Spectrum News – Seeds for Change – Spectrum News, Tim Spears
– Second Place: Spectrum News – Respect the Tracks – Evan Sery
– Second Place: WNCN CBS 17 – Wake County Residents Recovering After Tornado – Zak Dahlheimer

Hard News Feature
– First Place: WBTV – Charlotte Fire Department Speaks After Home Explosion Rescue – Molly Grantham, Ron Lee, Devin Futrelle, John Sparks
– Second Place: WTVD ABC 11 Eyewitness News – Housing Crisis: 9-Year-Old Tyrell Williams Is Homeless – Tim Pulliam, Jeremy Adkins

– First Place: WBTV – Family Struggles to Find PPE – Kristi O’Connor
– Second Place: WTVD ABC 11 Eyewitness News – African-American Blood Donation Shortage During COVID-19– Tim Pulliam, Jeremy Adkins

– First Place: WBTV – WBTV Investigates: City Council Transparency – David Hodges, Ron Lee
– Second Place: WSOC-TV – 9 Investigates: International Tariff Evasion – Joe Bruno, Mike Stolp, Kim Holt, Joey Williams

Light Feature
– First Place: WRAL – Tar Heel Traveler: Polio Pastor
– Second Place: WRAL – Woman Celebrates 100th Birthday in Jail

News Special
– First Place: WRAL – Frontline Flyover: A Salute to Health Care Heroes
– Second Place: WIS-TV – Hurricane Hugo: 30 Years Later – Will Batchelor, Kellie DiVeglia, Dominic Brown, Von Gaskin, Kevin Arnone

News Website
– First Place: WNCN CBS 17 –
– Second Place: WIS-TV – WIS News 10 – Laurel Mallory, Emery Glover, Jazmine Greene, Kiana Miller

Original Digital Video
– First Place: WSOC-TV – True Crime Carolinas: The Mark Carver Case – Ken Lemon, Laura Beggs, Corey Gensler, Bryan Ruderman, Daniel Manning

Original Web Reporting
– First Place: WTVD ABC 11 Eyewitness News – Abraham Galloway: Erased from North Carolina History – Cameron Clinard
– Second Place: WRAL – Hidden History of the Triangle – Heather Leah

Outstanding News Operation
– First Place: WRAL
– First Place: WSOC-TV
– Second Place: WGHP FOX8

– First Place: WYFF – The Art of Kayaks
– Second Place: WLOS – Carolina Moment: Backyard Birds – Bill Evans

– First Place: WGHP FOX8 – Murder in Pilot Mountain – Michael Hennessey, Chris Weaver, Kevin Daniels
– Second Place: WLOS – AnchorMoms: The Podcast – Katie Killen, Ingrid Allstaedt, Karen Zatkulak

– First Place: Spectrum News – Election 2020 – Loretta Boniti
– Second Place: Spectrum News – North Carolina 9th District Special Election Coverage – Kevin Frey, Carl Brewer, Vince Pecoraro

– First Place: WGHP FOX8 – The Day Helen Disappeared – Bob Buckley, Chris Weaver, Derek Stetzler
– Second Place: Spectrum News – Menu Hopping – Spectrum News, Tim Spears

Special Report
– First Place: WSOC-TV – Priced Out of Charlotte
– Second Place: South Carolina ETV – This Week in South Carolina: The First in the South Primary – Gavin Jackson, Aimee Crouch, Renee Layson
– Second Place: Spectrum News – Rioters Take Over North Carolina Streets

Sports Reporting
– First Place: WNCN CBS 17 – Blue Devil Superheroes – Chris Clark, Kendal Dennis
– Second Place: WJZY FOX 46 Charlotte – Fighting for Mom – Josh Sims, Aaron Martin

Sports Special
– First Place: WGHP FOX8 – NASCAR: Return to Racing
– Second Place: WNCN CBS 17 – Black & Blue Huddle – Alyssa Rae, Charles Gibson, Chris Clark

Use of Social Media
– First Place: WBTV – WBTV Digital Team

Use of Technology
– No entries

Past Winners