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WRVO News brings home Syracuse Press Club awards

Credit Jon Zella

It's awards season! Every year, WRVO reporters and staff submit what we believe to be our best stories of the past year to various award contests in New York state. These can be feature stories, breaking news stories, investigative reporting pieces and even entire programs produced by multiple staff members. After each piece is submitted and judged, we attend an awards dinner where winners are announced.

Below is a list of staff accomplishments for the year 2014 from the Syracuse Press Club's Professional Recognition Awards contest. Congratulations to all who participated and took home prizes this year!

Spot News

[First Place] Ellen Abbott and WRVO news staff, “Tornadoes strike region, killing four, leveling buildings and destroying a community

[Second Place] Catherine Loper, Joanna Richards and WRVO news staff, “Snow storm shuts down North Country, many travelers stranded

Investigative Story

[First Place] Ryan Delaney, “25 assault rifles and 1 armored truck: The hand-me-down military gear Syracuse police have

[Second Place] Ryan Delaney, “Crashed drone was flying with gear that couldn’t handle the cold

Human Interest Feature

[Second Place] Ellen Abbott, “Piece of history hides out in Syracuse’s Armory Square

Regularly Scheduled Local Newscast

[Second Place] Jason Smith and WRVO news staff, “Nov. 5, 2014 – election results”

Special Program

[First Place] Catherine Loper, Mark Lavonier and Lorraine Rapp, “The heroin epidemic: How it’s affecting Upstate New York

[Second Place] Grant Reeher, Jason Smith and Catherine Loper, “Rep. Dan Maffei and John Katko on the Campbell Conversations

News Website

[Second Place] WRVO, wrvo.org

We also want to congratulate A. Randall Wenner for his first place win in the News Feature category for "Student app helps warm Israeli citizens about incoming missiles" and Tom Magnarelli for first place wins for both Video Journalism and overall Blog with "Cusetonight.com" -- keep up the great work!