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KWTX-TV receives top national award for community service

KWTX-TV VP/GM Mike Wright accepts the NAB's Service to America Award, presented in Washington...
KWTX-TV VP/GM Mike Wright accepts the NAB's Service to America Award, presented in Washington D.C. by Congressman Bill Flores.(KWTX)
Published: Jun. 21, 2016 at 6:14 PM CDT
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KWTX-TV received the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation’s Service to American Television Award Tuesday night for its commitment to excellence in serving the community.

KWTX Vice President and General Manager Mike Wright, accompanied by Special Projects Director Virgil Teter and Community Services Director Valerie Parker, accepted the award Tuesday night during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The award was presented by Congressman Bill Flores.

In honoring the station, the foundation cited a number of projects including a telethon to support the Waco Boys and Girls Club; Food for Families, which collected more than 1.8 million pounds of food in 2015 alone; “On Call” programs that connected residents with doctors to discuss flu, health insurance and early cancer detection; and the award-winning documentary “We Can’t Forget Vietnam.”

“KWTX-TV met the needs of the Waco area with invaluable community outreach,” the foundation said in a press release announcing the award.

Other honorees at Tuesday’s Celebration included actress and humanitarian Sharon Stone, who received the Leadership Award, and Southwest Airlines who received the Corporate Leadership Award.

Previous recipients of the Service to America Television Award include KING-TV in Seattle, KUSA-TV in Denver, and KTUL in Tulsa.

KWTX-TV was also a finalist for the foundation’s Service for Community Award.