The entry for KRDO NewsChannel 13 for overall excellence consists of examples of various types of coverage from spot news to in depth, emotional human interest to community service and coverage that beats the competition.
Examples listed below include spot news unfolding before one of our crews as they were driving back to the TV station as a couple recognized their stolen car driving right next to them.
Investigator James Jarman took us inside some unsolved murder cases and into the Colorado State Mental Hospital with a story on the beating of a patient at the hands of staff. This is just one example of how seriously KRDO takes its roll to hold government accountable.
Great stories of the human spirit are also a part of the coverage on KRDO. Brandon’s Story is just one example of this.
Wear Red Friday is a regular feature on, you guessed it, Fridays. KRDO encourages people in the community to wear red as a way to say thank you to all the service men and women, both active and retired, in our community. There are seven military bases/posts in Colorado Springs and Pueblo. This series highlights people in the military and those who support people in the military.
Many examples of our coverage of the Waldo Canyon fire are included here. KRDO was on the air for nearly a week straight during the Waldo Canyon Fire, which ultimately destroyed 346 homes in Colorado Springs. All staff was on 12-hours on and 12-hours off shifts. This story was all about community service and keeping people safe and informed as this wildfire grew over a few days before sending a firestorm over a Colorado Springs neighborhood.
The final story began with a kidnapping in Pueblo of a young girl and a desperate search for her. An Amber Alert was issued. The girl was eventually located in Colorado Springs as she got help when the abductor stopped at a gas station. KRDO rushed a crew to that location, but was the only station with the family in Pueblo as police came to tell them she was found and was alive.
KRDO takes commitment to the community seriously also providing frequent station tours to Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops and other groups.
The station sponsors community events including the area’s largest food drive, a Christmas toy drive, Race for the Cure and others. KRDO anchors and talent also participate in various community events.
Here is the list of items included in this entry:
- "That's My Truck. She Stole it"! (Lindsay Watts & Isaac Blancas)
- "Standoff Suspect Runs"
- “Missing Girl Found” (Jaclyn Rostie & Peter Miller)
- "Mental Health Hospital Investigation" (James Jarman)
- "Killers Walking Free" (James Jarman)
- "Brandon Adam Story" (Isaac Blancas)
- "Wear Red Friday Hero- Air force Academy" (Eric Singer & Joe Yates)
- "Boy Saves School Bus" (Patti Moon & Peter Miller)
- "Waldo Canyon Fire" - various live coverage
- "Missing Girl Found" - Newscast (Marie Madden)