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Texas Broadcast News Awards

The Texas Association of Broadcasters is introducing its inaugural Texas Broadcast News Awards program in 2022!

The program will recognize outstanding broadcast journalism produced by member Radio and TV stations serving local communities throughout the state and takes the place of the Texas Associated Press Broadcast Awards - which have been discontinued.

TAB salutes the AP for their longstanding commitment to advancing quality broadcast journalism!

  • Event and contest details/deadlines follow.
  • Bookmark this page for more information as it develops!
  • Questions? Contact TAB's Beth Bobbitt or Jennifer Isenberg.

Important Dates

Entries: Must have been aired/posted/published in 2021
Submission Window: January 3-February 10, 2022
Judging Window: February 11-February 22, 2022
Event Registration: March 1-April 1, 2022

Awards Celebration

  • Date: Saturday, April 9, 2022 (Networking Reception: 5:30-6:30 PM; Dinner & Award Presentations: 6:30-9:30 PM)
  • Ticket Price: $75/person (includes networking reception as well as three-course dinner)
  • Westin Austin at the Domain
  • TAB Hotel Group Rate: $239/night (for night of April 9)
  • Self-Parking: Free

Submission Information

  • Entries only open to TAB Member Stations. Don’t know if your station is a member? Email TAB.
  • Awards will be given for first place only (no second or honorable mention).
  • Spanish language stations may compete in all categories.
  • All entries must have been aired/posted/published in 2021.
  • All entries will be submitted online through TAB’s Awards Portal.
  • All entries will be judged; however, if there is only one entry in a category, it is the judge’s discretion whether to select a winner.
  • Limit of three (3) entries per station in each category.
  • Entry fees must be paid via credit card when entries are submitted; no refunds or substitutions will be allowed.
  • Award winners will be announced in advance except for the Overall Awards.
  • One plaque/category will be given to the winning individual or station; additional plaques may be purchased post-event at the entrant’s expense.

Entry Fees (each price is per entry)

  • Carole Kneeland Freedom of Information Award: No Fee
  • TV I (DFW, HOU, SAnt, AUS): $60
  • TV II (All other markets): $50
  • Radio I (DFW, HOU, SAnt, AUS): $40
  • Radio II (All other markets): $30

Station and Individual Awards

Overall Awards

Carole Kneeland Freedom of Information Award: This award is given in memory of longtime Texas Journalist Carole Kneeland. Kneeland died in 1998 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Starting her career as a Houston radio reporter and ending it as an Austin television news director, she used the Texas Public Information Act (TPIA) extensively to break award-winning stories over a 30-year career. While a newsroom manager, Kneeland was part of TAB’s effort to preserve and improve the TPIA and the Texas Open Meetings Act.

  • Entries should include good coverage of issues (i.e., a series on information to which the public has access); good commentary; legal action taken by the entrant in the interest of the public's right to know; or a continuing effort by the entrant on behalf of Freedom of Information issues)
  • Entries should consist of no more than 10 examples, pertaining to a story (or stories)
  • The first example should be a letter outlining the FOI effort for which the station seeks recognition
  • The remaining examples should support the information in the letter and may include, a story and/or commentary aired concerning the issue, and court records or other documents supporting the entrant's pursuit of the FOI issue.
  • NOTE: There will only be one first place winner awarded for TV and Radio categories combined.

Overall Excellence: One station will be recognized in each of the four divisions (TV I and II; Radio I and II).

No separate compilation package will be required.To be considered for an Overall Excellence Award, a station must provide at least one entry in five (5) each of the following categories:

TV I & II (must enter in five categories)

  1. Investigative Report
  2. Newscast (station should choose from the Morning/Mid-Day or Evening Newscast categories)
  3. Continuing Coverage
  4. Breaking News
  5. Station Photojournalism
  6. Multimedia Storytelling
  7. General Assignment

Radio I & II (must enter in five categories)

  1. Investigative Report
  2. Newscast
  3. Continuing Coverage
  4. Breaking News
  5. Use of Actuality-Production
  6. Sports Story or Series
  7. Sportscast