WKYT wins regional awards

Lexington CBS affiliate WKYT-27 on Thursday received two regional awards, honoring its newscast and coverage of an execution.

It's the third straight Edward R. Murrow regional award for WKYT's newscast.

This year's entry was a 6 p.m. newscast last year led by news of a deadly school bus accident in Pendleton County.

The award for continuing coverage came for coverage of Marco Chapman, who was executed last November for killing two children.

No other Lexington stations received awards in the small-market category for the regional competition, which included five states.

"It's a fantastic honor for everyone at WKYT. Both of our awards are given to the entire team, rather than one individual," said News Director Robert Thomas. "I think for all of us, these awards are testaments to the outstanding work everyone at our station does every day."

The awards are given by the Radio-Television News Directors Association, and regional winners will be eligible for the national competition. Those awards will be presented in October.

WKYT won a national award in 2007 for continuing coverage of the Comair Flight 5191 plane crash.

Other Kentucky media outlets fared well, too, in the regional competition. WKYU-FM in Bowling Green won in the news documentary category for "The Politics of Comedy: No Laughing Matter" in small-market radio. Mount Sterling's WMST-AM won for best newscast in small-market radio.

In television large markets, Louisville's WHAS won for overall excellence and investigative reporting, and WLKY won for continuing coverage and best newscast.