Class of 2010 alumnus Walter Smith-Randolph has won three awards from the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association for work he did as a reporter for WENY in Elmira, NY.
Smith-Randolph notched First Place for Best Spot News Reporting for a story on a helicopter rescue from a flooding neighborhood during the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee last September.
He received Special Mention for Best Enterprise Reporting for a story on a new policy passed by the Elmira City Council aimed at cracking down on pawn and swap shops.
He was also part of the team that won First Place for Best Enterprise Reporting for a series of stories on a Watkins Glen native stuck in the United Arab Emirates and facing jail time for allegedly stealing a pair of police handcuffs. The story was picked up nationally by CNN. Smith-Randolph broke the story and was the first reporter to speak to the victim and his parents.
The news team at WENY, an ABC/CBS affiliate station, took home several other awards, including the Grand Prize in the television competition.
Here are videos of the award-winning stories: