Recipient of the BEST SPOT NEWS BY A TELEVISION STATION award in The Charles E. Green Awards (2016)



Judge’s Comments:

I have selected KWTX-TV in Waco for their coverage of the “Art Briles’ Firing.” This was truly breaking news with the station coming on the air within minutes of the word of Coach Briles’ firing. I was impressed by the information they had in those first minutes. 

Several hours later in the early evening newscast, the station had interviews with former players, board of regents members, the Big 12 Commissioner, and Baylor fans. It appeared the story was complete with facts and not much supposition. Good journalistic efforts.

Kent Cornish
Kansas Association of Broadcasters

Judge’s Bio:

Kent Cornish has been President and Executive Director of the Kansas Association of Broadcasters since January 2008. Cornish is a veteran Kansas broadcaster with nearly 25 years of experience – most recently as Vice President/General Manager at KSAS/KMTW in Wichita since 2001. Other broadcast experience includes 10 years at KTKA TV, Topeka and 12 years at WIBW TV, Topeka.

Cornish has earned broadcast awards including the Grover Cobb award from the University of Kansas, and General Manager of the Year from the Broadcast Professionals of Wichita. He is an executive committee member and past president of the National Alliance of State Broadcast Associations, former chairman of the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce and Topeka Community Foundation, and currently serves on the Board for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Junior Achievement, the Sunflower State Games and American Home Life Insurance Company. Kent and his wife Pam have three grown children.

Listen to the breaking news report that won KWTX-TV the Best Spot News award by visiting the link below:


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