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Channel 7 honored with 2 Scripps 'Give Light Awards' for 2019 work

Posted: 3:44 PM, Jan 30, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-31 12:58:52-05
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(WXYZ) — WXYZ-TV Channel 7 was awarded two Scripps "Give Light Awards" on Thursday, honoring the best employee work throughout 2019.

7 Investigator Ross Jones, Assistant News Director Jodie Heisner, Editor Randy Lundquist, Photographer John Ciolino and Photographer Johnny Sartin Jr. were honored with the Creating a Better-Informed World award for the Detroit 911 investigative series.

As a result of our investigation, Detroit police made administrative and policy changes and 911 hold times were reduced by 60 percent.

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The Give Light Award for Creating a Better-Informed World, won for the Detroit 911 series. Pictured from left to right: HR Director Tamika Heslip, Vice President & General Manager Mike Murri, Editor Randy Lundquist, 7 Investigator Ross Jones, Photographer John Ciolino, Assistant News Director Jodie Heisner and Photographer Johnny Sartin Jr.

WXYZ also won the award for Creating Value for our work on the first-ever PGA Tour event in the city of Detroit with the Rocket Mortgage Classic. The team that worked on the event includes News Director Rhonda LaVelle, Programming Executive Producer Sandy McPhee, Sports Anchor Brad Galli, Sales Director Tony Lamerato and Operations Manager Donn Bosquet.

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Creating Value award for the work on the first-ever PGA Tour event in the city of Detroit, the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Pictured left to right – Vice President & General Manager Mike Murri, Operations Manager Donn Bosquet, News Director Rhonda LaVelle, Programming Executive Producer Sandy McPhee and HR Director Tamika Heslip. Not pictured but also part of the winning team – Sales Director Tony Lamerato and Sports Anchor Brad Galli.

Station employees were also honored for their work that was nominated for the Give Light Awards.

"I am incredibly proud of our team in Detroit," Vice President and General Manager Mike Murri said. "The quality journalism and innovative projects the Give Light Awards recognize is a testament to the passion and collaborative efforts of our entire staff."

Other honors throughout the company went to stations in Nashville, Milwaukee, Omaha, San Diego and Triton Digital.