Wed, August 27, 2008 by Dan Coyle

NewsChannel 5 earned seven awards, the most by any Cleveland television station, from the 2008 Ohio Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).  The Ohio SPJ recognizes the best of Ohio’s print, radio, and television journalism. 


“These awards exemplify our commitment to local news and local investigative reporting,” comments NewsChannel 5 News Director Jill Manuel.  “It’s crucial that we deliver this quality content to our viewers every day, but it’s certainly a big plus to be recognized by our peers as well.  Our investigative team will continue to enterprise compelling stories that matter to northeast Ohioans – we’ll continue to live our On Your Side brand.”


The NewsChannel 5 Investigators are Cleveland’s largest investigative team, focused on fighting for northeast Ohioans’ rights, solving their problems, and saving them money.  The complete list of NewsChannel 5’s Ohio SPJ awards is as follows:

  • Best Investigative Reporting
    • 1st Place – “Policing Themselves,” Chief Investigator Duane Pohlman
  • Best Crime Reporting
    • 1st Place – “The Wrong Men,” Chief Investigator Duane Pohlman
  • Best Consumer Reporting
    • 1st Place – “Shreds of Evidence,” Investigator Ron Regan, Dave Arnold, Dave Hatala, Matt Spurrier
  • Best Reporter – Investigator Ron Regan
  • Best Enterprise Reporting
    • 3rd Place – “Wasted Windows,” Chief Investigator Duane Pohlman
  • Best Website
    • 3rd Place –, Colleen Seitz
  • Best Consumer Reporting
    • 3rd Place – “Coming Clean,” Angie Lau, Dave Hatala

            On Saturday, October 18th, the SPJ Cleveland chapter will present the 2008 SPJ Awards Ceremonies & Dinner, hosted by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.