INDIANAPOLIS (April 16, 2014) The Society of Professional Journalists recognized KWTX-TV Wednesday for its coverage of the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion on April 17, 2013.
The station was awarded the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Breaking News Coverage.
The award is presented each year to one "large market" television station and one "small market" television station. KWTX competes in the "small market" station division.
KWTX was first to report news of the devastating event in West, Texas and provided continuous coverage on-air and online throughout the evening and into the overnight hours.
“Being recognized for this coverage is bittersweet for the KWTX family as our friends and neighbors in West continue to recover and rebuild following this tragedy” said Mike Wright, KWTX Vice President/General Manager.
“We hope what we do every day makes a difference, and to be honored by the Society of Professional Journalists for what News 10 does in times of triumph and in tragedy is affirming” said Wright.
According to the Society of Professional Journalists, the Sigma Delta Chi Awards "recognize the best in professional journalism in categories covering print, radio, television, newsletters, art/graphics, online and research."
More than 1,800 entries were received from media outlets across the United States.
The awards will be presented on June 20 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
KWTX was earlier honored for its coverage of the West fertilizer plant explosion by the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters organization.
KWTX will present a special documentary "After West Forever Forward" chronicling the small Central Texas town's recovery at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 17.