KTAR News wins 3 awards, including 1 first-place finish, at AP awards

May 5, 2020, 3:31 PM | Updated: 7:28 pm

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PHOENIX — The KTAR Newsroom collected three awards, including one first-place finish, from the Associated Press Television and Radio Association, it was announced Tuesday.

KTAR News 92.3 FM took a first-place finish in digital presence for and two second-place finishes in reporting in the annual competition among 13 states.

“This is great recognition for the entire KTAR Newsroom and exemplifies the work being done on a daily basis,” said Ryan Hatch, the station’s vice president for programming. “A tremendous accomplishment for the efforts to cover the vital stories that impact our community.”

The newsroom won first place for digital presence, a combination of website and social media coverage.

Reporter Ali Vetnar and videographer Matt Bertram won second place in enterprise reporting for their “Fighting Fires and Cancer” series.

The series focused on the battle Arizona firefighters face getting worker’s compensation coverage after contracting cancer on the job.

Reporter Griselda Zetino and videographer Matt Bertram took home a second-place award in public service for the “Hooked on Vaping” series.

In the four-part series, Zetino and Bertram went in-depth on how big of a problem vaping has become among Arizona teens.

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KTAR News wins 3 awards, including 1 first-place finish, at AP awards