KDKA received a total of eight awards – three first place – at the Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association competition Saturday night. The top honors came in the Continuing Coverage, Sportscast and News and Sports Talk Program Categories.

Judges (who were from Illinois) were impressed with the August 9, 2007 coverage of severe weather which hit the region. “Great use of eyes and ears on the street for info. Great use of officials for useful information,” they said.

Other awards included a June 20, 2007 sportscast by Jeff Hathhorn; Fred Honsberger won a first place and a second place award for two programs last year; and a September broadcast anchored by Paul Rasmussen and Rose Ryan-Douglas.

Complete details and a crew photograph available at the KDKA Website.

UPDATE: Other local stations received awards too.

WDUQ took home 4 awards including a 1st Place for Katherine Fink’s report on the first Craft Congress which was held in Pittsburgh. 

KQV’s Elaine Effort received 2nd Place in the Public Affairs category for her 12/23/07 edition of “Pittsburgh Profile’s” which focused on adopting older children.

Washington PA’s WJPA brought home 1st Place for Regularly Scheduled Newscast in the small market category. Tony DePalma was the anchor for the 11/7/07 noon newscast highlighting election results.

In Television, WTAE brought home 3 awards including a 1st place for a Jim Parsons report on “Dangerous Drinking Water.”

WPXI received 8 awards. The station racked up the “Continuing Coverage” Category falling in 2nd and 3rd only to Philly’s KYW-TV. In 2nd Place was WPXI’s coverage of the Convention Center’s collapse and its structural deficiencies. In 3rd was Rick Earle’s investigation of care issues at the VA Hospital.

KDKA-TV won 6 awards including a 2nd Place for Feature Reporter Dave Crawley’s “Doggy Dip”. This was an “ode to the end of summer” where a local wave pool is open to dogs. What appealed to the judges? Why Dave’s poetry of course! Said they, “A feature bright with writing light. Appealed to the judges. Just right! Dr. Seuss would be proud.”