KOMU-TV Wins Nine Honors at the Kansas City Press Club Heart of America Awards

Columbia, Mo. (June 18, 2012) — KOMU-TV, the premiere training ground for television reporters and producers at the Missouri School of Journalism, took home an impressive number of awards – 9 in total – from the Kansas City Press Club Heart of America Awards ceremony held earlier this month. KOMU is affiliated with both NBC and CNN.

The Kansas City Press Club, a chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, uses the Heart of America Awards to honor outstanding reporting, writing and photography in print, broadcast and online journalism in eastern Kansas and western Missouri.

KOMU won three gold awards, four silvers and two bronze honors. The station is the only university-owned commercial television affiliate that uses its newsroom as a working lab for students. The award winners work as faculty and mentors for those studying radio-television journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism.

25th Annual Heart of America Awards
Society of Professional Journalists/Kansas City Press Club 25th Anniversary Heart of America Awards

Kansas City Press Club Heart of America Awards


    • Documentary Program: “32 Minutes in May,” Jim Riek and Michelle Bogowith, KOMU
    • Feature Reporting: “Fishing Pole for Paralyzed Patients,” Sarah Hill, BJ ’93 and Scott Schaefer, BJ ’04, KOMU
    • Photojournalism: “Lost Ride,” Scott Schaefer, KOMU


    • Feature Reporting: “Veteran Receives Medal after 65 Years of Waiting,” Sarah Hill and Scott Schaefer, KOMU
    • Newscast: “U-News,” Sarah Hill, Stacey Woelfel, associate professor and news director, and Nathan Higgins, BJ ’11, KOMU
    • Photojournalism: “Wedding Dress Saves Woman from War,” Scott Schaefer, KOMU
    • Sports: “Tony Van Zant – Glory Never Reached,” Eric Blumberg, BJ ’97, and Scott Schaefer, KOMU


    • General Reporting: “32 Minutes in May – Joplin Tornado Coverage (5-part series),” Jim Riek and Michelle Bogowith, KOMU
    • Photojournalism: “Fishing Pole for Paralyzed Patients,” Scott Schaefer, KOMU

KOMU 8 is an auxiliary enterprise of the University of Missouri and is expected to generate all revenues for station operations. Its operations and investments in broadcast technology are funded entirely by advertising and retransmission revenues. The station receives no funding from the university or state.

Updated: June 9, 2020

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