“Hurricane Harvey: Days of Devastation”


Recipient of the BEST SPOT NEWS BY A TELEVISION STATION award in The Charles E. Green Awards (2017)

KPRC 2 NEWS, Houston


Judge’s Comments:

The severity and breadth of Hurricane Harvey seem matched by the resources KPRC dedicated to informing its viewers about this event. Right off the bat, the station provided what’s expected – video and reporting of the weather as it was happening. But what makes this entry stand out was the extraordinary continuing coverage as the story changed. What began with winds turned to flooding and tornados and cleanup and then municipal decisions on how to cope. Television newsrooms thrive on all-hands-on-deck events such as this. KPRC deserves credit for successfully presenting the news viewers needed, for as long as they needed it. 

Simon Perez
Associate Professor
Broadcast and Digital Journalism Department
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
Syracuse University 

Judge’s Bio:

Award-winning bilingual reporter Simon Perez is a 20-year news industry veteran. His professional experience includes work in television (KPIX CBS 5 in San Francisco; WRIC ABC 8 in Richmond, Virginia.; WGXA Fox 24 in Macon, Georgia.; and Canal de Noticias, NBC NewsChannel in Charlotte, North Carolina), newspaper (ABC Prensa Española in Madrid, Spain; Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg, Virginia.; and Danville Register & Bee in Danville, Virginia) and magazine (Macworld/España in Madrid, Spain). He also served as a reporter for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games in 1996.

He is a recipient of 2007 and 2008 Northern California Emmy Awards for best evening and daytime newscasts and attended the Knight Digital Media Center’s Multimedia Reporting and Convergence Workshop at the University of California at Berkeley.

To watch KPRC 2 coverage of Hurricane Harvey, visit the link below:

“Hurricane Harvey: Days of Devastation”

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