Weiner, Fox-45 win reporting award

January 28, 1994|By Steve McKerrow | Steve McKerrow,Staff Writer

Baltimore's WBFF-Channel 45 and reporter Deborah Weiner last night won a prestigious national award for excellence in news reporting, for a series of reports about crime, drugs and the juvenile justice system.

The award was one of 12 Silver Baton honors presented in the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, in ceremonies in New York with host Mike Wallace, of CBS' "60 Minutes."

The awards citation praised three special reports by Ms. Weiner broadcast by Fox 45 News in 1992-1993: "Justice On Trial: The Lost Generation," "Finding the Lost Generation" and "The Walking Wounded."

"This series of outstanding reports . . . proves that a local station can cover the subject of urban crime and violence with sensitivity, original reporting and restraint," the award read.

In the reports, Ms. Weiner interviewed while cameras followed young people living in Baltimore's Lafayette Homes housing project, including an 11-year-old boy named Chauncey. "Finding the Lost Generation," a documentary special, also included a panel discussion with Judge David Mitchell, the chief of the juvenile court in Baltimore, and six former or current drug dealers.

"By penetrating the juvenile justice system and focusing on the perceptions of inner city children and the random victims of urban gunfire, Deborah Weiner squarely lays out the severity of urban violence in the city of Baltimore," said the award citation.

The Silver Baton was in the category of "medium market" television stations. Also winning Silver Batons in the category were WTVJ-TV of Miami for coverage of Hurricane Andrew and WPLG-TV of Miami for reports on an anti-Castro organization at work in Florida's Everglades.

The two "Lost Generation" reports from Channel 45 reports also won Capital Region Emmy Awards last year from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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