The photojournalists at KARE 11 have been chosen as the National Press Photographers Station of the year.
The judges who selected the KARE photojournalists also selected Boyd Huppert as the winner of a new award, the NPPA Photojournalism Award for Reporting.
The awards were announced on Friday and recognize the incredibly talented group of photojournalists and reporters that work at KARE 11.
KARE previously won the Station of the Year distinction in 1985, 1995 and 2001.
Television stations from 34 of the nations largest markets compete each year for this prestigious Station of the Year award. The award recognizes a station's photojournalist staff for their consistency in providing outstanding news photography coverage for and about the audience it serves.
The award does not single out one photojournalist, but recognizes the staff as a whole for their high standard of quality in photography and that is unmatched by any other station in their division.
"Having industry peers choose KARE 11 for such a high honor is gratifying for everyone at the station," said John Remes, president and General Manager of KARE 11. "But to have it happen consistently over the years sets the bar very high here and keeps it up there," he added
Reporter Boyd Huppert has been in broadcasting since he was 16, starting as a radio announcer at WEVR in his hometown of River Falls, WI. He majored in journalism and political science at UW-River Falls and started his television career in 1984 at WSAW-TV in Wausau before joining KARE 11 in 1996.
"Boyd is a superb storyteller," said Tom Lindner, vice President and News Director of KARE 11. "His talents, in concert with the KARE 11 photo staff, provide us with the best photojournalism has to offer."
In 2004 Huppert was awarded a national Edward R. Murrow Award, his fourth national Murrow honor.
Members of KARE-11's videography/editing staff are:
Brett Akagi (Director of Photography), Jeff Wiltgen (Chief Photographer), Jeff Kraker (New Media Manager), Ray Wells (Chief Editor), Nate Anderson, Brian Augustin, Charles Barthold, Jeff Breitenstein, Bea Chang, Tom Cornell, Bob Crippa, Adrian Danciu, John Divall, Jim Douglas, John Drilling, Phill Duff, Brad Hadsall, Monica Hanson, Aethan Hart (St. Paul Bureau Chief), Gary Knox, Deb Lyngdal, Jonathan Malat, George Marincel, Blake Mills, Craig Norkus, Michael Panitzke, Matt Passolt, Paul Rovelstad, Dennis Stearns, Mike Stern, Karin Stone, Ron Stover, Andy Sugden, Jesse Thompson and Lee Wall.
|Title||Description||Photojournalists||Editor||Reporter ||Video Link|
Category: Spot News
|Up in Smoke||An arson fire in downtown Belle Plain destroyed an historic building and left several people homeless.||Monica Hanson||Monica Hanson||Jana Shortal|
|Chaos Erupted||Two Minneapolis police officers are stabbed while trying to arrest a robbery suspect||Brian Augustine, Dennis Stearns||Brian Augustine||Bernie Grace|
|25th and James||After a young child is hit and killed by a school bus at Minneapolis intersection, the family performs a ceremony to lift his spirt to a better place.||Jesse Thompson, Dennis Stearns||Jesse Thompson||Joe Fryer|
Category: General News
|Mail Must Go Through||Not even 20 inches of snow and howling winds can stop this rural mail carrier.||Jonathan Malat||Jonathan Malat|
|Hook, Line and Sinker||A cominbation of thin ice and too many vehicles resulted in a situation those involved in will never forget.||Andy Sugden||Andy Sugden||Joe Fryer|
|Big Mess||An 88-year-old man is jailed because he wouldn't clean up his backyard.||Gary Knox||Gary Knox||Jana Shortal|
|Demolition Darlings||A dad shares his passion for the demolition derby with his daughters.||Bob Crippa, Gary Knox,Andy Sugden, Jonathan Malat||Jonathan Malat||Boyd Huppert|
Category: 48-Hour Feature
|Anglin' Arthur||A dog loves to go fishing by jumping into the water after those who swim by his raft.||Gary Knox||Gary Knox||Producer Dana Thiede, Voice Talent Scott Goldberg|
|The Longest Walk||After a car crash and 10 years in a wheelchair, a courageous woman and her trainer took part in a 5K race.||Craig Norkus||Craig Norkus||Jana Shortal|
|Nothin' to Putz Around With ||Two guys take down a 70 foot grain silo using only sledgehammers|| Dennis Stearns||Dennis Stearns, Brett Akagi||Producer Dana Thiede, Voice Talent Brad Woodard|
Category: In Depth
|Gift of Life:Part 1||A rare inside look at a family's decision to pass on the gift of life and donate organs of a deceased loved one.||Tom Cornell, Jim Douglas, Andy Sugden|| Andy Sugden|| Mark Daly|