The honors came during the IBNA’s Annual Convention in Des Moines on Saturday night, April 22nd.
KMCH was named as one of the best small market radio news departments in the state of Iowa, receiving 2nd Place in the top contest category of Overall Excellence. Here’s the winning entry for the Overall Excellence category (KMCH’s “2016 Year in Review”):
For the second year in a row, the station was named the best small market radio station in the state for weather coverage, receiving 1st Place in Overall Excellence in Weather Coverage. The award was specifically for KMCH’s news coverage of the flooding in Manchester and Delaware County last September.
Tucker was also awarded 1st Place in the General Reporting category for her story last June on Lake Delhi’s gate-closing ceremony and the return of the lake.
She also received 1st Place in the Feature category for her story last July on Petersburg 4-H/FFA member Jamie Nefzger’s emotional steer sale at the Delaware County Fair.
Tucker also received 2nd Place in the state in the categories of Overall Excellence in Anchoring, Overall Excellence in Reporting and Best Newscast.
She is wrapping up her third year on the Iowa Broadcast News Association Board of Directors and has been re-elected by fellow radio and TV broadcasters to serve a fourth term.
Tucker, a Dyersville resident, is a 1997 graduate of Beckman High School and a 2002 graduate of Iowa State University. She has served as News Director at Mix 94.7 KMCH since 2004.
(top left photo courtesy of Don Schneider; bottom photos from 2016 archives)