FOX31 And Channel 2 Denver Honored With 6 National Press Photographers Association Awards

FOX31 And Channel 2 Denver Honored With 6 National Press Photographers Association Awards

Nominated For 4 Additional Heartland Regional Emmys

JUNE 20, 2016 – FOX31 Denver, KDVR-TV, and Colorado’s Own Channel 2, KWGN-TV, received 6 awards in the prestigious National Press Photographers Association Awards (NPPA), including two first place honors.

Awarded Best Documentary was “Masking the Pain,” a ground-breaking investigation into the widespread use of narcotics, numbing agents and other pain killing and anti-inflammatory injections inside college sports locker rooms. The investigation resulted in the National College Athletics Association (NCAA) cracking down on the use of painkillers with new rules and policy enforcement. Investigative Reporter Chris Halsne, Investigative Videographer/Editor Isaias Medina and Investigative Producer Chris Koeberl were all recognized for their work on the investigation.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our team for their hard work and dedication to excellence,” said Holly Gauntt, Vice President of News and Digital Content for KDVR and KWGN. “These awards are testament to what a truly great team can accomplish.”

Below is a list of the NPPA Awards KDVR and KWGN received:

1st Place – “Masking the Pain” Isaias Medina, Chris Mosher, Noah Skinner, Chris Halsne, and Chris Koeberl/KDVR

Bumps/Tease/Pre-Show Edit
1st Place – “TekDry Special Open” Mike Horvath/KDVR-KWGN
3rd Place – “James Holmes Verdict Cold Open” Dave Boutin/KDVR
Honorable Mention – “Severe Weather Cold Open PKG” William Pelepchan/KDVR

Team Entry:
Honorable Mention – “Longs Way Up” Anne Herbst and Kent Erdahl/KDVR

General News:
2nd Place – “What a Bear Does” Anne Herbst/KDVR

The National Press Photographers Association is an organization dedicated to the advancement of visual journalism in all news media and works to promote its role as a vital public service.
FOX31 and Channel 2 were also nominated for four Heartland Regional Emmys, in addition to the 61 nominations the stations previously received. Nominations were in the following: Morning Newscast, Investigative Report Series and Informational/Instructional Feature/Segment. The Heartland Regional Emmy Award winners will be announced on July 16.

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) and the Emmy Award stand for the best in the television industry. With 19 chapters across the country, NATAS is the only non-profit organization dedicated to recognizing outstanding achievement, raising industry standards, and improving the quality of television. The NATAS Heartland Chapter includes television markets in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

For a complete list of nominations and nominees, visit


Colorado’s Own Channel 2, KWGN-TV, the CW affiliate serving the Denver DMA, is owned by Tribune Media Company. For more information, visit

FOX31 Denver, KDVR-TV, the FOX affiliate serving the Denver DMA, is owned by Tribune Media Company. For more information, visit

Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO) is home to a diverse portfolio of television and digital properties driven by quality news, entertainment and sports programming. Tribune Media is comprised of Tribune Broadcasting’s 42 owned or operated local television stations reaching more than 50 million households, national entertainment network WGN America, whose reach is approaching 80 million households, Tribune Studios, and Gracenote, one of the world’s leading sources of video, music and sports metadata, powering electronic program guides in televisions, automobiles and mobile devices. Tribune Media also includes Chicago’s WGN-AM and the national multicast networks Antenna TV and THIS TV. Additionally, the Company owns and manages a significant number of real estate properties across the U.S. and holds other strategic investments in media. For more information please visit