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CINCINNATI - The 2013 Walter Cronkite Awards for excellence in political reporting were announced Wednesday, which included a recognition of 9 On Your Side reporter Tom McKee's efforts during the 2011-2012 election cycle.
During the political season, McKee traveled across the state of Ohio to ask citizens 135 questions that were then presented to candidates in a sit-down forum. Candidates answered citizens' questions on camera, which were made available on air and as videos on WCPO.com/Democracy2012.
McKee worked as a "one-man shop" by writing and editing all of the material himself. According to the Cronkite Awards website, the judges were impressed with McKee's extensive field work.
"He did something different to bring citizens into the conversation in a very real way," as stated by the Cronkite Awards website.
McKee will receive the award for Special Commendation for Citizen Engagement at special ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Friday, April 19.
"I'm flattered and honored at the receipt of the award, but it's a total station prize for both WCPO-TV and the E.W. Scripps Company," said McKee.
McKee has worked at WCPO for a collective 34 years. Originally from Maumee, Ohio, McKee began his career at WCPO as an intern in 1973 after attending Ohio University.
He landed a full-time position after graduation and covered the Hamilton County Courthouse and Cincinnati City Hall. He went on to be a producer for legendary WCPO news director Al Schottelkotte.
McKee has held several different positions at WCPO over the years, but has served as a reporter since 2001.
To view McKee's political reporting during the 2012 election visit http://www.wcpo.com/generic/news/political/elections_local/Democracy-2012.
For more information on the 2013 Walter Cronkite Awards visit http://www.cronkiteaward.org/.
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