Seven On Your Side wins 25 MAPB awards

Updated: Mar. 27, 2017 at 11:35 AM CDT
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PINE BELT (WDAM) - The WDAM 7 news team attended the Mississippi Association of Public Broadcasters awards in Jackson Saturday night where they took home many accolades for their work in the community.

Seven On Your Side took home eight first place awards, and 17 finalist awards.

Reporter Ryan Moore took home the Broadcast Newsperson of the Year Award. He also won first place in the News Photography category.

Reporter Amanda LaBrot, Investigative Producer Whitney Argenbright, and Anchor Mike McDaniel won first place for Franchise Reporting.

News 7 at 6 anchor Karrie Leggett Brown won first place for her General News piece "The Cost of Zika."

Digital Content Director Erin Lowrey won first place in the Multimedia Story category. WDAM 7 swept this category winning first, second and third place.

The Seven On Your Side team also swept the Investigative Reporting category. Mike McDaniel, Nick Ortego, and Whitney Argenbright won first place for their ongoing investigative series titled "Stuck with the Tab." This investigation highlights questionable spending of taxpayer money by the Hattiesburg Convention Center.

The WDAM 7 Team won first place in the Public Affairs category for their weather special "Preparing the Pine Belt," and the  News 7 Sunrise team won first place in the Best Daytime Newscast category.

The complete list of awards won by the WDAM 7 News Team are as followed:

Franchise Reporting:

  • First, Amanda LaBrot, Mike McDaniel and Whitney Argenbright, WDAM-TV, "On Your Side: Asking the Difficult"
  • Second, Amanda Labrot, Whitney Argenbright and Lauren Coleman, WDAM-TV, "Education Investigations"

Feature Story:

  • Third, Karrie Brown, WDAM-TV, "Ellie Dahmer: Taking a Stand."

Sports Story:

  • Second, Taylor Curet, WDAM-TV, "Kendall Breland 1st Female TD"

Sports Program:

  • Second, Jonathan Marshall and Taylor Curet, WDAM-TV, "Gametime Football Coverage"

News Photography:

  • News Photography: First, Ryan Moore, WDAM-TV, "Photography Montage"
  • Third, Ryan Moore, WDAM-TV, "Covington County Drug Round Up."

Multimedia Story:

  • First, Erin Lowrey and Staff, WDAM-TV, "Timeline: A Review of the Kenneth Fairley Trial"
  • Second, Erin Lowrey and Staff, WDAM-TV, "Mississippi Flood Relief"
  • Third, Kathryn Miller and Staff, WDAM-TV, "MS Woman's Bible Illustrations go Viral."


  • Second, Ryan Moore, WDAM-TV, "Thin Blue Line"
  • Third, Karrie Brown, WDAM-TV, "Ellie Dahmer: Taking a Stand."

Public Affairs:

  • First, WDAM-TV, "Preparing the Pine Belt- Hurricane Special";

General News Story:

  • General News Story: First, Karrie Brown, WDAM-TV, "Cost of Zika";
  • Third, Amanda LaBrot, WDAM-TV, "Medical Data Breach."

Breaking News:

  • Third, Amanda LaBrot, WDAM-TV, "Collapsing Wall."

Investigative Reporting:

  • Investigative Reporting: First, Mike McDaniel, Whitney Argenbright and Nick Ortego, WDAM-TV, "On Your Side Investigation: Stuck with the Tab"
  • Second, Amanda LaBrot, WDAM-TV, "On Your Side Investigation: Pensions for Prisoners"
  • Third, Amanda LaBrot, WDAM-TV, "On Your Side Investigation: Wasteful Spending."

Breaking Weather:

  • Ryan Moore, WDAM-TV, "Sylvarena Tornado Whip."

Morning Newscast:

  • Daytime Newscast: First, WDAM-TV
  • Second, WDAM-TV;


  • Second, Amanda Labrot, Ryan Moore and Quentis Jones, WDAM-TV, "On Your Side- Asking the Difficult Questions"
  • Third, WDAM-TV, "Preparing the Pine Belt- Hurricane Special."

Seven On Your Side is proud to be recognized for our work holding leaders accountable, and asking the tough questions. We thank our viewers for their devoted dedication to our brand, and our product. We will continue to advocate for our community through our dedicated news team.

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