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. 

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