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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — WWBT-TV in Richmond won Outstanding News Operation of the Virginias for large market television and WVIR-TV in Charlottesville took home the honor Saturday for small market television in the 2014 Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters contest.

On the radio side, public station WVPN-FM, Charleston, W.Va., won Outstanding News Operation among metropolitan stations, and WMUL-FM, Huntington, W.Va., the flagship station for Marshall University, won for non-metropolitan radio.

Large market TV is defined as having a Nielsen Market rating of 1 to 74. Small market is 75 and greater. Metropolitan stations are those licensed to a city with a population size of 50,000 or more. Non-metro stations are in cities with fewer than 50,000 people.

In all, 26 broadcast stations across Virginia and West Virginia were honored at The Virginias AP Broadcast awards luncheon at The Boar's Head Inn.

The list of winners:

RADIO

METRO CLASSIFICATION:

Outstanding News Operation

Superior, WVPN-FM, Charleston, W.Va.

BEST COVERAGE OF A SPOT NEWS STORY

Superior: WVPN-FM, Charleston, W.Va., "Theatre West Virginia Is Closing"

BEST COVERAGE OF A CONTINUING NEWS STORY

Superior: WTOP-FM, Manassas, Va., "Government Shutdown"

Meritorious: WVPN-FM, Charleston, W.Va., "Patriot Coal vs. UMWA"

Meritorious: WVPN-FM, Charleston, W.Va., "Schools for the Deaf and Blind"

BEST YEAR-ROUND SPORTS

No entries submitted

BEST DOCUMENTARY OR IN-DEPTH REPORT

Superior: WVPN-FM, Charleston, W.Va., "West Virginia at 150"

Meritorious: WTOP-FM, Manassas, Va., "Troubled Waters"

BEST FEATURE OR HUMAN INTEREST

Superior: WTOP-FM, Manassas, Va., "Homeless Search"

Meritorious: WTOP-FM, Manassas, Va., "Arlington Wreaths"

Meritorious: WVPN-FM, Charleston, W.Va., "The Demon Beat"

OUTSTANDING EFFORT BY AN INDIVIDUAL REPORTER

Superior: WVPN-FM, Charleston, W.Va., Glynis Board

BEST EDITORIAL OR EDITORIAL SERIES:

Superior: WTOP-FM, Manassas, Va., "Core Values"

BEST INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING:

Superior: WVPN-FM, Charleston, W.Va., "Oxyana"

BEST WEBSITE

Superior: WVPN-FM, Charleston, W.Va., www.wvpublic.org

DOUGLAS SOUTHALL FREEMAN AWARD FOR PUBLIC SERVICE THROUGH RADIO

No entries submitted

BEST RADIO NEWS ANCHOR OF THE YEAR

Superior: WVPN-FM Beth Vorhees, Charleston, W.Va.

BEST RADIO SPORTS ANCHOR OF THE YEAR

No entries submitted

NON-METRO CLASSIFICATION:

Outstanding News Operation

Superior, WMUL-FM, Huntington, W.Va.

Meritorious, WBTM-AM, Danville

Meritorious, WINA-AM, Charlottesville

BEST COVERAGE OF A SPOT NEWS STORY

No entries submitted

BEST COVERAGE OF A CONTINUING NEWS STORY

Superior: WMUL-FM, Huntington, W.Va., "Memorial Fountain Ceremony"

Meritorious: WNTX-AM, Fredericksburg, Va., "Abduction or Was It?"

Meritorious: WMUL-FM, Huntington, W.Va., "Budget Cut Series"

BEST YEAR-ROUND SPORTS

Superior: WBTM-AM, Danville, Va., "G.W. High School Football"

Meritorious: WINA-AM, Charlottesville, Va., "WINA Sports"

Meritorious: WMUL-FM, Huntington, W.Va., "Women's Basketball"

BEST DOCUMENTARY OR IN-DEPTH REPORT

Superior: WFLS-FM, Fredericksburg, Va., "Focus: Healthcare"

BEST FEATURE OR HUMAN INTEREST

Superior: WNTX-AM, Fredericksburg, Va., "Holiday Bargain Blitz"

Meritorious: WBTM-AM, Danville, Va., "Cannon Restored"

Meritorious: WMUL-FM, Huntington, W.Va., "Football Confidence"

OUTSTANDING EFFORT BY AN INDIVIDUAL REPORTER

Superior: WMUL-FM Jessica Starkey, Huntington, W.Va.

Meritorious: WMUL-FM Jessica Patterson, Huntington, W.Va.

BEST EDITORIAL OR EDITORIAL SERIES:

No entries submitted

BEST INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING:

No entries submitted

BEST WEBSITE

Superior: WINA-AM, Charlottesville, Va., www.wina.com

Meritorious: WBTM-AM, Danville, Va., www.wbtmdanville.com

Meritorious: WMUL-FM, Huntington, W.Va., www.marshall.edu/wmul

DOUGLAS SOUTHALL FREEMAN AWARD FOR PUBLIC SERVICE THROUGH RADIO

Superior: WNTX-AM, Fredericksburg, Va., "Monday Medical Report"

Meritorious: WINA-AM, Charlottesville, Va., "Gun Policy in Virginia"

Meritorious: WBTM-AM, Danville, Va., "Health Beat"

BEST RADIO NEWS ANCHOR OF THE YEAR

Superior: WNTX-AM Deirdre Blake, Fredericksburg, Va.

Meritorious: WBTM-AM Chuck Vipperman, Danville, Va.

Meritorious: WINA-AM Rob Graham, Charlottesville, Va.

BEST RADIO SPORTS ANCHOR OF THE YEAR

Superior: WRNR-AM Matt Miller, Martinsburg, W.Va.

Meritorious: WBTM-AM Chuck Vipperman, Danville, Va.

TELEVISION

LARGE MARKET:

Outstanding News Operation

Superior, WWBT-TV, Richmond

Meritorious, WAVY-TV, Portsmouth

Meritorious, WVEC-TV, Norfolk

BEST COVERAGE OF A SPOT NEWS STORY

Superior: WWBT-TV, Richmond, Va., "Navy Yard Shootings"

Meritorious: WVEC-TV, Norfolk, Va., "Dangling Driver Rescue"

Meritorious: WAVY-TV, Portsmouth, Va., "Big Tree"

BEST COVERAGE OF A CONTINUING NEWS STORY

Superior: WRIC-TV, Richmond, Va., "The Predator & The School Board Member"

Meritorious: WRIC-TV, Richmond, Va., "A Crack in the ROC"

Meritorious: WAVY-TV, Portsmouth, Va., "Justice for Jenny"

BEST YEAR-ROUND SPORTS COVERAGE

Superior: WSET-TV, Lynchburg, Va.

Meritorious: WWBT-TV, Richmond, Va.

BEST DOCUMENTARY OR IN-DEPTH REPORT

Superior: WWBT-TV, Richmond, Va., "Golden Years Confession"

Meritorious: WRIC-TV, Richmond, Va., "The Cancer Con"

Meritorious: WSET-TV, Lynchburg, Va., "Long Wait for Honors at Arlington"

BEST FEATURE OR HUMAN INTEREST STORY

Superior: WAVY-TV, Portsmouth, Va., "Simple Set of Wheels"

Meritorious: WAVY-TV, Portsmouth, Va., "Stolen Wheelchair"

Meritorious: WRIC-TV, Richmond, Va., "Confronting Cancer: A Father's Fear"

OUTSTANDING EFFORT BY AN INDIVIDUAL REPORTER

Superior: WRIC-TV A.J. Lagoe, Richmond, Va.

Meritorious: WSET-TV Angela Hatcher, Lynchburg, Va.

Meritorious: WRIC-TV Nate Eaton, Richmond, Va.

BEST EDITORIAL OR EDITORIAL SERIES

Superior: WWBT-TV, Richmond, Va.

BEST SPOT PHOTOGRAPHY

Superior: WAVY-TV, Portsmouth, Va., "Eastern Shore Arsons"

Meritorious: WVEC-TV, Norfolk, Va., "Truck Driver Rescue"

Meritorious: WSLS-TV, Roanoke, Va., "Flood"

BEST FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY

Superior: WAVY-TV, Portsmouth, Va., "Go Dirty Girl"

Meritorious: WAVY-TV, Portsmouth, Va., "Oceanfront Sand and Latin Fun"

Meritorious: WAVY-TV, Portsmouth, Va., "Loose Goose"

BEST INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

Superior: WRIC-TV, Richmond, Va., "A.J. Investigates"

Meritorious: WWBT-TV, Richmond, Va., "Cephas Industries"

Meritorious: WRIC-TV, Richmond, Va., "Watching the Watchdog: The SCC Files"

BEST WEBSITE

Superior: WDBJ-TV, Roanoke, Va., www.wdbj7.com

Meritorious: WSAZ-TV, Charleston, W.Va., www.wsaz.com

Meritorious: WSLS-TV, Roanoke, Va., www.wsls.com

DOUGLAS SOUTHALL FREEMAN AWARD FOR PUBLIC SERVICE THROUGH TELEVISION JOURNALISM

Superior: WWBT-TV, Richmond, Va., "12 On Your Side"

Meritorious: WOWK-TV, Charleston, W.Va., "Safe Schools Special"

Meritorious: WSLS-TV, Roanoke, Va., "Making a Difference"

BEST WEATHERCAST OF THE YEAR

Superior: WRIC-TV, Richmond, Va.

Meritorious: WVAH-TV, Charleston, W.Va.

Meritorious: WSLS-TV, Roanoke, Va.

OUTSTANDING EFFORT BY AN INDIVIDUAL WEATHERCASTER

Superior: WRIC-TV John Bernier, Richmond, Va.

Meritorious: WRIC-TV Matt DiNardo, Richmond, Va.

Meritorious: WSAZ-TV Tony Cavalier, Charleston, W.Va.

BEST NEWS ANCHOR OF THE YEAR

Superior: WRIC-TV Amy Lacey, Richmond, Va.

Meritorious: WVEC-TV Lucy Bustamante, Norfolk, Va.

Meritorious: WCHS-TV Elizabeth Noreika, Charleston, W.Va.

BEST SPORTS ANCHOR OF THE YEAR

Superior: WSET-TV Justin Feldkamp, Lynchburg, Va.

Meritorious: WVEC-TV Scott Cash, Norfolk, Va.

Meritorious: WVAH-TV Mark Martin, Charleston, W.Va.

OUTSTANDING EFFORT BY AN INDIVIDUAL PRODUCER

Superior: WRIC-TV Jacqui Sweigart, Richmond, Va.

Meritorious: WCHS-TV Martin Hicks, Charleston, W.Va.

Meritorious: WSAZ-TV Jeremy Edwards, Charleston, W.Va.

TELEVISION

SMALL MARKET:

Outstanding News Operation

Superior, WVIR-TV, Charlottesville

Meritorious, WCAV-TV, Charlottesville

BEST COVERAGE OF A SPOT NEWS STORY

Superior: WTAP-TV, Parkersburg, W.Va., "Wood County Cracker Plant Announcement"

Meritorious: WVVA-TV, Bluefield, W.Va., "Captured Doctor"

Meritorious: WVIR-TV, Charlottesville, Va., "Police Chase Ends in Arrest"

BEST COVERAGE OF A CONTINUING NEWS STORY

Superior: WVIR-TV, Charlottesville, Va., "Search for Alexis Murphy"

Meritorious: WCAV-TV, Charlottesville, Va., "Missing: Alexis Murphy"

Meritorious: WTAP-TV, Parkersburg, W.Va., "PHS Bleachers Condemned"

BEST YEAR-ROUND SPORTS COVERAGE

Superior: WVIR-TV, Charlottesville, Va.

BEST DOCUMENTARY OR IN-DEPTH REPORT

Superior: WVIR-TV, Charlottesville, Va., "Hospital Horror"

Meritorious: WCAV-TV, Charlottesville, Va., "Prison Health Lawsuit"

Meritorious: WHSV-TV, Harrisonburg, Va., "Surviving Lung Cancer"

BEST FEATURE OR HUMAN INTEREST STORY

Superior: WTAP-TV, Parkersburg, W.Va., "Dillon Underwood"

Meritorious: WHSV-TV, Harrisonburg, Va., "The Face of Hope"

Meritorious: WCAV-TV, Charlottesville, Va., "Natural Hair"

OUTSTANDING EFFORT BY AN INDIVIDUAL REPORTER

Superior: WVVA-TV Kristen Conner, Bluefield, W.Va.

Meritorious: WCAV-TV Chris Stover, Charlottesville, Va.

Meritorious: WVIR-TV Henry Graff, Charlottesville, Va.

BEST EDITORIAL OR EDITORIAL SERIES

No entries submitted

BEST SPOT PHOTOGRAPHY

No entries submitted

BEST FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY

Superior: WHSV-TV, Harrisonburg, Va., "The Face of Hope"

Meritorious: WCAV-TV, Charlottesville, Va., "Elementary Archery"

BEST INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

Superior: WHSV-TV, Harrisonburg, Va., "The High Cost of Free Speech"

Meritorious: WCAV-TV, Charlottesville, Va., "Medical Clemency Denied"

Meritorious: WVIR-TV, Charlottesville, Va., "Hospital Sends Family Home With Body Parts"

BEST WEBSITE

Superior: WCAV-TV, Charlottesville, Va., www.newsplex.com

Meritorious: WVVA-TV, Bluefield, W.Va., www.wvva.com

Meritorious: WVIR-TV, Charlottesville, Va., www.nbc29.com

DOUGLAS SOUTHALL FREEMAN AWARD FOR PUBLIC SERVICE THROUGH TELEVISION JOURNALISM

Superior: WHSV-TV, Harrisonburg, Va., "Surviving Lung Cancer"

BEST WEATHERCAST OF THE YEAR

Superior: WVIR-TV, Charlottesville, Va.

OUTSTANDING EFFORT BY AN INDIVIDUAL WEATHERCASTER

Superior: WHSV-TV Aubrey Urbanowicz, Harrisonburg, Va.

BEST NEWS ANCHOR OF THE YEAR

Superior: WHSV-TV Gloria Balding, Harrisonburg, Va.

BEST SPORTS ANCHOR OF THE YEAR

Superior: WCAV-TV Damon Dillman, Charlottesville, Va.

OUTSTANDING EFFORT BY AN INDIVIDUAL PRODUCER

Superior: WVIR-TV Amanda Williams, Charlottesville, Va.

Meritorious: WCAV-TV Katie Shelor, Charlottesville, Va.

Meritorious: WTAP-TV Phillip Hickman, Parkersburg, W.Va.

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