April 12, 2012

Grand Rapids MI - WZZM 13, the Gannett owned ABC station in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has been awarded a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Sports Reporting for the second year in a row.

This year's honor recognizes the work of WZZM 13 Multimedia Journalist, Brent Ashcroft, and WZZM 13 Director of Photography, Andrew Sugden, for their story "Alyssia's Choice: A Dream Fulfilled." The report explored the incredible heart displayed by a middle school student who chose to have her leg amputated, and the impact she has had on all of the people in her life. You can see the story on WZZM 13's website at:

To win the Region 7 Large Market honor, WZZM 13 competed against stations across Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, including stations in Chicago, Indianapolis, Cleveland and Detroit.

"We are very proud of our talented multimedia journalists," said Janet Mason, WZZM 13 President and General Manager. "Ayssia is such an inspiration and Brent and Andy were able to capture that spirit in their story."

"Brent Ashcroft and Andy Sugden spent an incredible amount of time getting to know Alyssia and her family," said WZZM 13 News & Information Director Stanton Tang, "and the story reflects the commitment they made to truly express how amazing this young woman is. The Murrow Award is a well deserved honor for their storytelling talents."

This is the second year in a row that WZZM 13 has been honored with the Sports Reporting Murrow Award. WZZM 13 Sports Director, Tom Clyde was honored with the same award in 2011.

For media inquiries, contact:

Pamela Rankin
Marketing Manager
645 3 Mile Road
Grand Rapids MI 49544
(616) 559-1480

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