Two Chattanooga outdoor journalists were recognized Thursday night among some of the nation’s best outdoor communicators. WTVC NewsChannel 9 Outdoor Editor Richard Simms received four awards in the 2019 Excellence in Craft awards at the 55th Southeastern Outdoor PressnAssociation conference. WGOW Outdoor radio show host Tony Sanders was an award recipient as well.
The awards, sponsored by Mossy Oak, celebrate the best among the SEOPA members’ works of the previous year across the full spectrum of online, print, video and audio media.
Mr. Simms was awarded a first place award in the Florence, Al. Conference Site Story category for a NewsChannel9.com Outdoors piece called, "Using a Mouse to Catch a Cat."
Mr. Simms also received second and third place awards in the Weekly Newspaper category for two NewsChannel9.com Outdoors stories called “Timing Is Everything, Even on Thorny Cypress,” and “Reelfoot Lake – A World of Its Own.”
Mr. Simms also received a third place award in the Outdoor Entrepreneur Project category for his work on "Scenic City Fishing Charters Expansion."
WGOW Outdoor Radio Show host Tony Sanders, along with co-host Rob Prytula, were awarded second place in the Audio Program category for their show called, “Snakes and More Snakes."
Mr, Sanders is also serves on the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission, responsible for all hunting, fishing and boating regulations in the state as well as operation of the Tennessee Wildlife Reources Agency.
Judges in the SEOPA EIC competition included outdoor communicators, mainstream journalists, anglers, hunters and professionals who've dedicated their lives to mentoring youngsters in the outdoors and spreading our outdoors heritage.
“It is Mossy Oak’s honor to be the presenting sponsor of these awards, because our company’s beginnings relied heavily on their help," Toxey Haas, Mossy Oak founder and CEO said, “and their work is critical to our traditions’ future.”
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