KCLU is the AP’s most honored small market radio station in the Western United States in 2013, winning five Mark Twain Awards from the Associated Press Television Radio Association.
KCLU Morning Anchor, and Program Director Jim Rondeau was named “Anchor Of The Year” for Division Two stations at APTRA’s annual awards show at the Pasadena Convention Center.
KCLU News Director Lance Orozco won the “Pat Davis Reporter Of The Year” award for the eighth time in his career. Orozco also won Mark Twain Awards for “Best Newswriting” for his feature about his battle with kidney cancer, called “My Cancer”; Best Spot News Story, for “Horse At Sea,” about a frightened horse which ran from a beach photo shoot, and swam more than a mile out to sea before being rescued; and “Best Use Of Sound-Hard News” for “Malibu Lagoon,” a story about a controversy involving a lagoon restoration project.
APTRA is the non-profit broadcasters association representing AP members in 12 Western States. The Mark Twain Awards presented for stories which aired in 2012.