“Memorial Day Floods”


Recipient of the Best Spot News Coverage by a Station (Television) award in The Charles E. Green Awards (2015)

Philip Bruce and Staff
KHOU-TV, Houston


Judge’s Comments:

Deadly flooding in and around the Houston area obviously created chaos, sadness and confusion for citizens.  The compilation of stories by KHOU-TV the next day covered numerous important angles and provided viewers with a lot of need to know information.

Following reports on the deaths and current state of flooding – including a welcomed forecast of a small chance of light rain the next day – the team dug into the mess of vehicles that were stalled on highways and eventually towed to impound lots.  An excellent story was reported on how people could get those, why it was taking so long and what to do about insurance.  And the use of a viewer’s drone footage really brought the rushing waters into perspective.  Within 24 hours, the station had a fundraiser set for the Red Cross and interviews with government officials – including the President – on what aid the area could expect.

KHOU-TV showed their excellence in journalism by using teams of reporter, photographers and producers along with deployed news gathering equipment to bring real stories to Houston.  Well done! – Kent Cornish, President, Kansas Association of Broadcasters

Kent Cornish
Kansas Association of Broadcasters

Kent Cornish has been President/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.

To see excerpts from KHOU-TV’s prize-winning coverage, play the clip below:

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