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KCCI Named Station of the Year by National Press Photographers Association


KCCI has been named the national Station of the Year in the small market category by the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). This prestigious distinction is considered the top award for news photography and videography in the country. This is the seventh time KCCI has been honored with the award.

“From feature stories to storm coverage and breaking news, KCCI photographers regularly demonstrate not only their technical skills and talents, but their dedication to visual storytelling,” said KCCI President and General Manager Brian Sather. He adds, “they cover stories in some of the harshest conditions in Central Iowa, and constantly explore new ways to use technology — like the Sky 8 drone – to give viewers an unrivaled view of their community.”

KCCI News Director Allison Smith noted, “This honor is a well-deserved recognition for the people who make up the backbone of our news team. Our photographers take us to the frontlines of every story. While they may prefer to work in the background, their craft makes our entire newsroom stand out.”

“The visual part of storytelling has long been a hallmark here at KCCI, and a recognizable part of what makes us ‘Iowa’s News Leader’,” said KCCI Chief Photographer Donna Smith. “We couldn’t be prouder to receive this award for a seventh time.”

The NPPA describes their Station of the Year honor as recognition for a team who shows “consistency in providing outstanding news photography coverage for and about the audience it serves.” They go on to say, “Selection as Station of the Year honors excellence, and most importantly, it serves to raise the standards of the industry.” KCCI has been honored six times in previous years: 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.

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