NBC 5 medical reporter and anchor Bianca Castro and photojournalist Linda Angelle were honored with two Texas Medical Association (TMA) Anson Jones, MD Awards for outstanding health reporting during an impromptu newsroom ceremony delivered by Linda Siy, MD, family physician and member of TMA’s Council on Health Promotion.
The duo won two awards in the large-market television category: first place for “Border Counties Prepare for Local Zika Transmission;” and, honorable mention for “Digital Pills Help Patients, Doctors Keep Track of Medications.”
“Viewers are looking for informative and objective news about healthcare and our newsroom works very hard to deliver this important information on-air and online. We appreciate TMA acknowledging our efforts,” said Tom Ehlmann, President and General Manager, NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth.
"Everyone in the NBC 5 newsroom has embraced health reporting, which allows us to report the stories that are important to North Texans,” added Castro. “I am honored by the recognition we received; and it is nice to know our hard work is appreciated by the medical community.
“TMA’s vision is to improve the health of all Texans. We strive to provide patients with good information and you help us do that,” said Dr. Siy. “Our judges thought the NBC 5 team presented these stories thoroughly and with balance. Zika was as an important topic and a balanced report was needed to provide facts and not promote fear.”
“‘Digital Pills Help Patients, Doctors Keep Track of Medications’ was great reporting. The inclusion of a medical ethics expert to talk about the risks of new technology was relevant for a broad audience,” said Dr. Siy.
For more than 60 years, the TMA, dedicated to physician advocacy, has awarded the annual TMA Anson Jones, MD. Awards, recognizing print, broadcast, online, and physician journalists across Texas for excellence in health reporting.
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