Society of Professional Journalists Awards NBC Bay Area With Three National Sigma Delta Chi Awards for Exceptional Journalism

Apr 16, 2014, 17:10 ET from NBC Bay Area

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Society of Professional Journalists today announced the recipients of the 2013 Sigma Delta Chi Awards, recognizing NBC Bay Area with three awards, the most any local television station has won in recent history. The station was honored for its coverage of the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash landing at San Francisco International Airport last July along with an expose of the local district attorney's pay practices and feature reporting as part of its Bay Area Proud franchise.

"The Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash was one of the most tragic and important stories impacting the Bay Area in more than a decade," said Jonathan Mitchell, Vice President of News, NBC Bay Area. "I could not be more proud of our team's professional, sensitive and tireless coverage on behalf of our viewers. We are both honored and grateful for this recognition."

NBC Bay Area received Sigma Delta Chi Awards in the following categories:

  • Breaking News Coverage (Large Market Station: 1-50 market)
    Asiana Flight 214 Crash and Investigative Details – NBC Bay Area News Staff

  • Feature Reporting (Large Market Station: 1-50 market)
    Bay Area Proud – Garvin Thomas
    • Bride with Terminal Cancer Gets Amazing Wedding Gift Story
    • Students Give Choir Teacher Emotional Musical Tribute Story

  • Public Service in Television Journalism (Large Market Station: 1-50 market)
    The Gift of Time: Exposing a District Attorney's Secret Perk for his Appointees – Jenna Susko, Julie Putnam, Jeremy Carroll and Matt Goldberg

The Sigma Delta Chi Awards recognize exceptional professional journalism in categories covering print, radio, television, newsletters, art/graphics, online and research. The awards date back to 1932, when the Society of Professional Journalists honored six individuals for their contributions to journalism. The current program began in 1939 as the Distinguished Service Awards.

NBC Bay Area will be formally presented with the awards at a reception which will take place at the National Press Club on June 20, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

Owned by NBCUniversal, NBC Bay Area / KNTV is the Bay Area's investigative station located in the heart of Silicon Valley. The station is committed to providing continuous, in-depth journalism with unique personalities. Along with broadcasting NBC's award-winning daytime, prime-time and late night programming, NBC Bay Area produces more than 32 hours of local news programming each week. COZI TV, the station's digital network, offers a full schedule of America's most beloved and iconic television series, hit movies and original programming. COZI TV can be seen locally on Comcast 186, Verizon 460 and over-the-air on 11.3.