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Alabama Broadcasters Association honors WHNT News 19 for news, public affairs & service project

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Each year, television and radio broadcasters from across Alabama join the Alabama Broadcasters Association for the annual ABBY Awards.

This year, WHNT News 19 walked away with three Best in Broadcasting awards and one Judges Awards of Merit.

WHNT News 19’s David Kumbroch, Carrie Marchese and Gregg Stone were awarded the Best in Broadcasting Award in the “Hard News” category for their coverage of The Connie Ibarra Story. It started with a story of a woman who was taken advantage of by her contractor.

The latest update on this story includes Ibarra following this case through the court system.

WHNT News 19 has taken action for Connie Ibarra, and will do the same for you. If you have tried everything you know to get a problem resolved, please contact our Taking Action team.

In the Public Affairs category, WHNT News 19 was awarded the Best in Broadcasting Award for "Lessons Learned from Every Storm."

Many on the WHNT News 19 staff were involved in that project. Executive producer Meredith Miller and Chief Meteorologist Jason Simpson were the main contributors to the project.

You can watch the full special within this link.

WHNT News 19 anchor and technology reporter Michelle Stark, Creative Services Director Becky Shores and Assistant Creative Services Director Brad Thompson were honored for their involvement in "The Great Diaper Drive." That project won the Best in Broadcasting award for Service Project.

We collected 80,016 diapers and wipes as part of that project.

Finally, WHNT News 19's Al Whitaker was awarded the Judges Award of Merit in Sports Reporting for his story on Coach Trevor. Be sure to take the time to watch his story.