6 News WOWT wins ‘Best Newscast,’ ‘Best Weathercast’

Nebraska Broadcasters Association honors station with four gold awards at Wednesday night banquet
6 News won several awards at the Nebraska Association of Broadcasters Pinnacle Awards banquet Wednesday, including "Best Newscast" and "Best Weathercast."
Published: Aug. 10, 2022 at 9:01 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - 6 News WOWT took home four gold awards — including the coveted Pinnacle Award for “Best Newscast” — from the Nebraska Broadcasters Association on Wednesday.

Chief Meteorologist Emily Roehler with the 6 First Alert Weather team also won a gold Pinnacle Award for “Best Weathercast.” Entries for both the newscast and weather forecast were required to be submitted from Feb. 22 broadcasts.

Additionally, reporter Marlo Lundak won a gold award for “Best Continuing Coverage” for her reports on a local family’s efforts to help students from Afghanistan escape to Omaha.

6 News Continuing Coverage
Omaha family hoping to relocate Afghan students to Nebraska

Ken and Erin Jensen have spent almost every minute of the past few days working to relocate seven Afghanis to Omaha to help them escape the Taliban and have access to a better, safer life.

Omaha residents hope to bring Afghan students here
Afghan refugees land in Omaha with local family’s help

When the Taliban took over Kabul in August, the Jensens knew it was their duty — and God’s will — to help as many people flee the country as they could.

Only on 6: Afghanistan refugees finally arrived in Omaha
Resources, donations needed for Afghan refugees in Omaha

Local agencies and non-profit organizations are facing an influx of refugees seeking to start new lives in the Omaha-metro and they need community help.

Hundreds more Afghan refugees en route to Omaha

Reporter John Chapman won for his reports on veterans, taking home the gold award for Service to Business, Industry, Government or Education.

WOWT was also awarded a silver award for “Best Spot Weather” for coverage of the hurricane-like winds that hit the Omaha-metro area in December; as well as a bronze award for our Stuff the Bus donation drives.

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