WHTM abc27 Wins Prestigious “First Amendment Award”

Posted On On: May 24, 2016 Categories Filed Under: Member News

HARRISBURG, PA       WHTM abc27 was recognized with 15 Associated Press Awards for Medium Market Stations, including the prestigious First Amendment Award and Joe Snyder Award for Outstanding News Service.   


This was the first year the Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association (PAPBA) offered the First Amendment Award. WHTM was the only television station to win the award.  The station’s body of work from 2015, “Demanding Transparency”, included numerous investigations of local and state government.


In addition, WHTM was awarded for the second year in a row with the Joe Snyder Award for Outstanding News Service.  It is the premier award given by PAPBA and is named after the late Joe Snyder, long-time Pennsylvania Bureau Chief for the Associated Press.


Among other important wins WHTM took home 5 first place awards.  The station’s 5pm newscast, abc27 News at 5, was awarded Best Newscast, which featured breaking news coverage of the arrest of an alleged ISIS supporter in Harrisburg.  Other first place awards included Best Spot News for coverage of a standoff and hostage situation in Lower Paxton Township, Best Continuing Coverage for “Unraveling of a Former Mayor”, Best Investigative Reporting for “Steelton’s Meltdown”, and “Best Reporter/Anchor” for Amanda St. Hilaire’s ongoing investigative work at the station.


WHTM also received 8 second and third place wins in multiple categories.  The winners were announced at an awards banquet on May 20, 2016 at the Hilton Harrisburg.