WHO-HD/Des Moines Wins 14 Iowa Broadcast News Association Excellence Awards

WHO-HD/Des Moines Wins 14 Iowa Broadcast News Association Excellence Awards

Station Honored for Overall Excellence

WHO-HD, Tribune Broadcasting’s Des Moines, IA station is pleased to announce it has been awarded 14 News Excellence Awards by the Iowa Broadcast News Association, with 8 first place awards, including Overall Excellence, Weather Excellence, Best Sportscast, News Photography, Spot News, In-Depth, Political Coverage and Farm and Agribusiness.

The IBNA honors outstanding achievements in radio and television journalism.

The following is a list of WHO’s honorees:


Rod Peterson, N.D.  (First Place)



WHO-HD Staff  (First Place)


09/11/13  Keith Murphy      (First Place)



Dan Hendrickson, producer    (Second Place)



An Unusual Day  Andy Fales/Brandon McCauley  (First Place)



Iowa Icon: Surf Ballroom  Andy Fales/Brandon McCauley    (First Place)



Dave’s Surprise    Erin Kiernan/Brandon McCauley   (Second Place)



Shady Service     Sonya Heitshusen/Randy Schumacher  (First Place)

Trial By Fire     Erin Kiernan/Sonya Heitshusen/Randy Schumacher/Brandon McCauley  (Second Place)



Juvenile Dilemma    Dan Winters/Randy Schumacher    (Second Place)

Landon’s Story    Sonya Heitshusen/Brandon McCauley (Third Place)



It’s In The Wind    Jannay Towne/Dave Olson     (First Place)



Sorenson Ethics Coverage  WHO-HD Staff      (First Place)

Will He Run?      Dave Price/Dave Olson      (Third Place)


 TRIBUNE MEDIA COMPANY 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 50 million households, national entertainment network WGN America, available in 72 million households, Tribune Studios, and Tribune Digital Ventures, including the websites Zap2it and TVByTheNumbers, and Gracenote, one of the world’s leading sources of TV and music metadata powering electronic program guides in televisions, automobiles and mobile devices. TRIBUNE MEDIA also includes Chicago’s WGN-AM, 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.

About WHO-HD Channel 13
WHO-HD Channel 13, owned by Tribune Company, is celebrating 60 years of broadcast service to central Iowa.  Channel 13 News prides itself on bringing viewers rich, local content in total high definition.  From investigations to ground-breaking, creative coverage of the big daily story, more and more Iowans are choosing Channel 13 News. The technological leader, WHO-HD Channel 13 is now utilizing a powerful-new S-Band Doppler Radar that includes the most advanced digital technology available in Iowa.  In 2010, WHO-HD became the first commercial television station in Iowa to begin broadcasting all local programming in total high definition in 2010.  In addition, WHO-HD was the first station in Iowa to: utilize videotape, broadcast live from news events and protect with live Doppler radar.

On December 27, 2013, WHO-HD Channel 13 became owned by Tribune Company, one of the country’s leading multimedia companies, operating businesses in broadcasting, publishing, and interactive. The company’s broadcasting group owns or operates 42 television stations, WGN America on national cable, the national multicast networks Antenna TV and THIS TV, Tribune Studios and Chicago’s WGN-AM. In publishing, Tribune’s leading daily newspapers include the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, Sun Sentinel (South Florida), Orlando Sentinel, Hartford Courant, The Morning Call and Daily Press. Popular news and information websites complement Tribune’s print and broadcast properties and extend the company’s nationwide audience.

Media contact:

Tribune Broadcasting
Jessica Bellucci