The finalists were announced yesterday for the New York State Associated Press Asssociation Awards and four local stations were recognized for their work in the past year.


Best Reporter or Anchor: Michael Wooten
Best Newscast: WGRZ Staff for “Channel 2 News at 6”
Best Use of Photography: Nathan Benson
Best Digital Presence: WGRZ Staff
Best News Series: “The Faces of Heroin” by Steve Brown and Dave Harrington
Best Documentary: “Unknown Stories of WNY: Return 2 Normandy” by Pete Gallivan
Best Enterprise Reporting: “Lost on the Line” by Danny Spewak and Michael Wooten
Best Continuing Coverage: “Legalizing Medical Marijuana in New York State” by Michael Wooten
Best Investigative Reporting: “Buffalo’s Lead Poisoning Problem” by Dan Telvock, Dave Harrington, Jim Heaney, and Franco Ardito


Best Reporter or Anchor: “Excerpts from ‘One Reporter’s Journey'” by Rich Newberg
Best Use of Photography: Dan Holland
Best Sports Coverage: “Remembering Van Miller” by Rich Newberg and Scott Swenson
Best News Series: “The UFO Phenomenon” by Luke Moretti and Mike Mombrea, Jr.
Best Spot News Coverage: “Prison Break: Friendship Search” by the Staff of WIVB

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Best Weathercast: Dan Russell
Best Public Service: “Employee at Casa Di Pizza Tests Positive for Hepatitis A” by Alex Haight, Sarah Blazonis, and Meg Rossman


WBFOBest Reporter or Anchor: Eileen Buckley and Michael Mroziak
Best Newscast: “7am Newscast for December 9, 2015” by the staff of WBFO
Best Digital Presence: “WBFO: Digitized to Optimize” by the staff of WBFO
Best Sports Feature: “How Deflategate Defined A Dynasty” by Matt Sabuda
Best Sports Coverage: “The Buffalo Sabres’ Race To The Bottom” by Omar Fetouh, Jay Moran, and Michael Mroziak
Best Documentary: “Making a Difference” by Cheryl Hagen
Best Enterprise Reporting: “City Swim Club Gives Kids A Lane To Better Lives” by Avery Schneider
Best Public Service: “Addiction and the Worsening Drug Epidemic” by Eileen Buckley, Cheryl Hagen, Jay Moran, Michael Mroziak, and Avery Schneider
Best Investigative Reporting: “The Dying of the Bees” by Jonny MoranBest Continuing Coverage: “Refugees and Immigrants Find New Life in Buffalo” by the staff of WBFO
Best Spot News Coverage: “Search for Escaped Killers Takes a Turn into Western New York” by the staff of WBFO
Best Continuing Coverage: “Refugees and Immigrants Find New Life In Buffalo” by the WBFO staff

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