AUSTIN (KXAN) — KXAN News earned the Texas Broadcast News Awards’ top honor Saturday night, winning the Overall Excellence award in the statewide competition put on by the Texas Association of Broadcasters.
KXAN beat out stations in Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, winning seven awards.
KXAN Investigates won for its investigative report, Mental Competency Consequences: The Hidden and Unreliable Data Texas Tracks… or Doesn’t. This report also won in the Multimedia/Digital Storytelling category.
KXAN’s Eric Henrikson compiled 2021’s best shots from our station’s photojournalists and multimedia journalists in an entry spanning a little over 10 minutes, which led to a win in the Station Photojournalism category. The compilation featured coverage on severe weather, the Sixth Street mass shooting, Austin’s homelessness response and the February 2021 winter storm.
Additionally, KXAN was honored with an eighth award at the event. The Headliners Foundation of Texas honored “Mental Competency Consequences” with the Charles E. Green Award for Best Investigative Report across all Texas television divisions statewide.
The Texas Broadcast News Awards took the place of the discontinued Texas Associated Press Broadcast Awards. The awards received more than 400 entries from radio and television stations in the state.
Overall Texas Excellence – Television
KXAN Overall Excellence 2021 (KXAN Staff)
Mental Competency Consequences: The Hidden and Unreliable Data Texas Tracks… or Doesn’t (Josh Hinkle, David Barer, Ben Friberg, Eric Henrikson, Rachel Gale)
Mental Competency Consequences: The Hidden and Unreliable Data Texas Tracks… or Doesn’t (Josh Hinkle, David Barer, Robert Sims, Kate Winkle, Rachel Gale)
Capturing the Moment | KXAN Photojournalism 2021 (KXAN Staff)
Stories of 2021 (Tahera Rahman)
Specialty or Beat Reporting
Weather In-depth (David Yeomans)
Racial Profiling: A Failure to Report (David Barer, Jody Barr, Ben Friberg, Josh Hinkle, Rachel Gale)