CBC Windsor wins award for tornado coverage

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CBC Windsor wins award for tornado coverage

CBC Windsor took home an award Saturday for its coverage of the summer tornadoes that touched down in LaSalle and Windsor.

Morning news reader Peter Duck was on hand to collect the Byron MacGregor prize for top radio newscast for a medium-sized market at the Radio Television Digital News Association awards ceremony in Toronto.

The morning newscast following twin tornado strikes featured riveting eyewitness accounts of the destruction and an explanation from Environment Canada about why no tornado warnings were issued.

"That just gives you an example of what we do everyday in morning radio," said Duck in his acceptance speech. "We try and figure out what the most important information is people are talking about and what they want to know and what questions they would ask if they could be the ones asking the questions."

Duck praised his colleagues for their hard work following the tornado strikes, when they fanned out across Windsor and LaSalle, surveying the damage and gathering eyewitness accounts.

"I wouldn't have much to work with if there weren't people out the night before gathering the information," he said.

Here are CBC's other Ontario winners:

CBC Sudbury – Continuing coverage, radio – Fight to save local schools.
CBC Thunder Bay – Digital media award – Deep Water.
CBC Thunder Bay – In-depth or investigative, multiplatform – Deep Water.
CBC Thunder Bay – Short feature (Dave Rogers award), radio – A Promise Kept.
CBC Thunder Bay – Sports feature reporting, radio – Drunkinental Cup.
CBC Toronto – Live special events (Gordon Sinclair award), digital – Toronto Pride on Facebook Live.
CBC Toronto – Spot news (Charlie Edwards award), digital – The death of Rob Ford.
CBC Toronto – Creative use of sound (Dick Smythe award), radio – Metro Morning.
CBC Hamilton -- Continuing coverage, digital (Ron Laidlaw award) - Tim Bosma trial