Oklahoma's Own News 9 (KWTV) was recently announced as a semi-finalist for the 2014 Celebration of Service to America awards by The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF). News 9 was recognized for its coverage and relief efforts during the May 2013 tornado outbreak. The awards recognize outstanding community service by local broadcasters.
"We are honored to receive this national award," said Rob Krier, Griffin Communications' Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. "But even more we are proud of our employees' commitment to keeping Oklahomans safe and helping them when they need it the most."
During the May 2013 tornado event, News 9 broadcast 36 hours of commercial free weather coverage to inform and warn viewers of dangerous weather conditions. Within one week of the May 19 tornado, News 9 raised more than $1.5 million in cash and in-kind donations to help community members affected by the deadly storms.