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Society of Professional Journalists - Oklahoma Recognizes OETA with 21 SPJ Awards
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The Oklahoma Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) announced the 2015 winners at its annual awards ceremony on May 16, with OETA capturing numerous honors.

Oklahoma’s only statewide PBS network won 11 first place SPJ awards, including BEST NEWSCAST (ONR), ELECTION REPORTING (Oklahoma Fourm), SPORTS REPORTING (Stateline), GOVERNMENT REPORTING and LIVE BROADCAST (Oklahoma Votes).

OETA journalist Lis Exon also received special recognition as the broadcast winner of the Colby Award for her reporting on mental health.

In addition to top honors in several content categories, OETA received four mentions for second place and five third place honors, totaling 20 awards overall.

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2015 Oklahoma SPJ Awards (Television Categories) – Full List of OETA Awards

1st Place - Best Newscast Oklahoma News Report
1st Place - Criminal Justice Reporting K-2 (Lis Exon, Tim Carson)
1st Place - Diversity Coverage Race Relations and Community Policing (Lis Exon, Tony D’Astoli)
1st Place – Election Reporting Oklahoma Forum: Gubernatorial Debate
1st Place – General News Oil Trains (Bob Sands, Aaron Byrd)
1st Place – Government Reporting City-State Power Shift (Bob Sands, Sonya Barrett)
1st Place – Health Reporting Mentally Ill in Prison (Bob Sands, Aaron Byrd)
1st Place – Live Broadcast Oklahoma Votes
1st Place – Sports Reporting Stateline: Cowboys of Color
1st Place – Video Editing Stateline: The Endeavor Games (Ryan Lorg)
1st Place – Video Photography The Solid Art of John Wolfe (Dave Tamez)
2nd Place - Reporter Portfolio Lis Exon Reporting
2nd Place - Diversity Coverage School for the Deaf (Steve Bennett, Sonya Barrett)
2nd Place – Documentary Back In Time: Oklahoma Coal
2nd Place – Human Interest Stateline: Endeavor Games
3rd Place - Photographer Portfolio Tim Carson photographer
3rd Place – Feature Kiristin Chenoweth Master Class (Lis Exon, Tim Carson)
3rd Place – General News Botched Execution (Lis Exon, Tony D’Astoli)
3rd Place – Health Reporting Hyperbaric Chamber (Lis Exon, Tony D’Astoli)
3rd Place – In-Depth Enterprise Fish Kills (Bob Sands, Aaron Byrd)