Duane Pohlman of WKRC-TV Earns Third Consecutive SPJ Ohio’s Best Reporter Award
The Ohio Society of Professional Journalists gave Mr. Pohlman the coveted award again this year. Additionally, he received awards in three other major categories. This marks the fourth time Pohlman has received Ohio’s Best Reporter Award and the third consecutive year of winning it. He also received two distinguished awards for his investigative and crime reporting from the NATAS Ohio Valley Chapter. In response to receiving the awards, he said that he felt humbled to be recognized for his stories and for revealing important truths. He also expressed his gratitude to the managers of the Sinclair Broadcast Group and WKRC-TV for supporting him.
What Is the SPJ Awards Event?
The SPJ or the Society of Professional Journalists is an association that works to promote free journalism and ethical behavior. It is the most broad-based journalism organization. Every year, it issues a variety of awards for major media-related categories in every participating state. Ohio’s SPJ awards are issued based on submitted entries from qualified candidates. Professional journalists in Ohio and surrounding states that cover Ohio news qualify, and freelance journalists who are Ohio residents qualify. Small circulation print, large circulation print, television, digital media, and radio are a few of the main categories. However, there are others.
Who Is Duane Pohlman?
At Cincinnati’s WKRC-TV, Mr. Pohlman is the leading investigative reporter. He joined Local 12 there four years ago. However, his career as an investigative reporter spans more than three decades. During those years, he covered the Bosnian peace mission, several foreign wars, human rights crises, and much more. In addition to global events, he focused on local and national issues, covering environmental problems, political corruption, and even corruption within other news agencies across the United States. In addition to his awards from the SPJ, he won two awards for being the best reporter in his state from the Associated Press and won multiple other awards. Four years ago, he became part of the Hall of Fame at the high school he graduated from in Delphos.
Mr. Pohlman welcomes the opportunity to win more journalism awards in the future. One of his Emmy-winning stories revealed some dangerous deficiencies in child protective services agencies. Many of his other stories have uncovered serious problems or injustices, and some of the findings from his investigations have led to federal and local prosecutions. He said in an interview that being a watchdog comes naturally to him. He explained that living in a small town taught him the value of expecting wrongs to be corrected. Mr. Pohlman plans to continue looking for and exposing serious issues in 2021 with the help and support of his WKRC-TV team and Sinclair Broadcast Group.
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