Columbia, Mo. (July 21, 2016) — KOMU-TV was honored with nine awards from the Kansas City Press Club at its annual Heart of America awards ceremony on July 9 in Kansas City. The Press Club is the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
The station is the only university-owned commercial television station in the U.S. that uses its newsroom as a working lab for students.
“These awards reflect the team effort of our newsroom. Some are the work of our full-time professionals, but others recognize the amazing work of our young journalists covering the biggest stories of the year,” said KOMU 8 News Director Randy Reeves.
- Documentary, awarded to KOMU 8 News anchor Brittany Pieper for “Inside Infertility.”
- Investigative Reporting, awarded to Target 8 Chief Investigator Jamie Greber and reporter Alyssa Casares for “ICU Nursing Shortage.”
- General Reporting, awarded to KOMU 8 News staff for coverage of the Hitt Street Garage Shooting.
- Breaking News, awarded to KOMU 8 News staff for coverage of the Mizzou Protests.
- Sports Reporting, awarded to Jamie Greber, Morgan Uber and Jay Wallis for “Target 8: Rams’ Future.”
- Feature Reporting, awarded to Luke Slabaugh for “Dr. Dive.”
- Public Service, awarded to KOMU 8 News anchor Jim Riek for “Joplin 4 Years Later.”
- Sports Reporting, awarded to Jacob Kornhauser for “Father Mike.”
- Website, awarded to KOMU 8 News Interactive Director Annie Hammock for www.komu.com.
Entries for the Kansas City Press Club’s award ceremony were accepted from news organizations in Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri.
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: January 14, 2020