Western Illinois University broadcasting students and recent broadcasting graduates have won three Student Television Awards in the 2017 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Mid-America Student Awards competition.
Broadcasting alumni, including Megan Sanchez of Bettendorf, won for outstanding newscast, for their work on the student-produced newscast, NEWS3 "Live at 4" from Nov. 17, 2016. The 30-minute live production contained live reports from Canton, Illinois, one day after a major gas explosion downtown. Sanchez served as producer.
Sanchez also won for outstanding general assignment reporting in light news.