Wartburg College’s Knight Vision News won first place in Overall Excellence for Student TV for the 2019 broadcasting year, awarded by the Iowa Broadcast News Association at its annual convention June 27 in Pella.

In addition to the top award for student TV stations, Knight Vision News students also won first-place awards for public affairs (Ryan Reebenacker, of Titonka, and Robby Newell of Waverly) and sports play-by-play (Annika Wall, of Jesup, and Jonathan Mohwinkle, of Aplington), while taking three second-place and four third-place honors.

In the awards for student radio, Reebenacker won first place for general reporting. KWAR, the student radio station, also received four second-place honors.

“KWAR has traditionally done well in the sports categories at the IBNA contests, and we were hoping to expand that success into the news categories as well,” said Pam Ohrt, Wartburg associate professor and KWAR faculty adviser. “We have put more of an emphasis on news programming in the past school year, and the students responded with some excellent work, including Ryan’s report on the Waverly Green Bridge controversy. A first-place award in General Reporting is quite an accomplishment.”

The Knight Vision News awards were:

First: Overall Excellence — Knight Vision News
First: Public Affairs — “Online Safety,” Ryan Reebenacker and Robby Newell
First: Sports Play-by-play — “Wartburg vs. Hope women’s basketball,” Annika Wall and Jonathan Mohwinkle

Second: Best Newscast — Knight Vision News (Taylor Webb, executive producer; Reebenacker, producer; and Nathan Stephany, director)
Second: Sports Coverage — “Foster Establishes Back Row Authority,” Wall
Second: Sports Play-by-play — “Wartburg vs. Coe volleyball,” Reebenacker and Wall

Third: Best Sportscast — Knight Vision Sports
Third: General Reporting — “Historic Green Bridge to Be Replaced,” Reebenacker
Third: Political Coverage — “Waverly Mayoral Candidates,” Wall
Third: Feature — “An American Ninja in Iowa,” Sophie Reider

The KWAR awards were:

First: General Reporting — “Green Bridge Controversy in Waverly,” Reebenacker

Second: Public Affairs — “Power of Social Media,” Stephany
Second: Political Coverage — “Kamala Harris Visits the Cedar Valley,” Stephany
Second: Sports Coverage — “The Legacy of Kenny Anderson,” Reebenacker
Second: Sports Play-by-play — “Wartburg vs. Dubuque football,” Reebenacker and Peyton Meisner