WDIV-TV Local 4 Honored With MAB Station Of The Year Award

WDIV-TV Local 4 is honored to be recognized as Station of the Year and for broadcasting excellence in 22 categories by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB). The station won 13 best and nine merit awards for Market 1.

"Being honored for Station of the Year is a humbling and amazing achievement. I’m so proud of our talented news team here at Local 4. We pledge to continue bringing Metro Detroiters the quality journalism and community service they’ve come to expect from us,” said Vice-President and General Manager Marla Drutz.

First Place/Best In Category

  • Breaking News: Local 4 News won top honors for its comprehensive team coverage during metro Detroit’s massive flooding in August 2014
  • Investigative Story: Local 4 Defender Hank Winchester’s Unpaid Water Bills Exposed investigation revealed who owed the City of Detroit money and who wasn't paying up
  • Newscast: Local 4 News at 5 p.m. - coverage of the Bob Bashara Verdict
  • News Special: Devin Scillian’s reports from Rome - Crossroads: The Francis Factor
  • Community Involvement: Seeing & Stopping the Problems, Being a Force 4 Good
  • News Reporter: Local 4 Defender Kevin Dietz
  • Photojournalist: Jacob Nagel
  • Mini-Documentary or Series: Domestic Violence: See It. Stop It.
  • Feature: Six Seconds, Five Words, One Wish (Caden’s Story)
  • Weathercast: Chuck Gaidica’s Massive Floods coverage
  • Special Interest Programming:  WDIV’s magazine show, First Block, was #1
  • Marketing Materials & Promos: Local 4 garnered the highest kudos for its station image promo New Things
  • Use of New Media: Best Webcast for Climate Change

Merit Awards

  • Breaking News: Detroit Power Outage
  • Investigative Story: Karen Drew’s investigation on football helmets - Protecting Players On The Field
  • Mini-Documentary or Series: Local 4 Defender Kevin Dietz’s undercover homeless investigation - Real Life on the Streets
  • News Special: Defenders: Inside the Investigations
  • Newscast: Local 4 News at 11p.m. - Exit From Bankruptcy
  • Feature: Local 4 reporter Roger Weber’s story on Their Youth
  • Sports: Bernie Smilovitz’s reports on Jim Harbaugh Hired
  • News Reporter: Local 4 Defender Hank Winchester
  • Photojournalist: John Pompeo

The Broadcast Excellence Awards program recognizes outstanding achievement in broadcasting by Michigan radio and television stations each year.