The West Virginia University P.I. Reed School of Journalism is the winner of two 2013 Telly Awards. The awards were announced in early April. There are two award levels – Silver and Bronze.

“A Tribute to George Esper, ‘The Heart and Soul of WVU’” won a Bronze award in the History/Biography category, and “See What You Can Be – Logan Venderlic” won a Bronze award in the Recruitment category.

A Tribute to George Esper” was produced last spring in honor of the late George Esper, a legendary Vietnam reporter and professor at School for nearly 12 years. The video profile on recent graduate Logan Venderlic is part of a recruitment series called “See What You Can Be” that highlights the success stories of School of Journalism alumni. Both pieces were produced by School of Journalism communications team members.

A prestigious panel of over 500 accomplished industry professionals judged the competition. Entries do not compete against each other but are judged against a high standard of merit. Judges score entries on a performance scale, and winning entries are recognized and awarded as Silver or Bronze Winners based on the combined scoring of the judges who evaluate each entry.

The winning videos were selected out of 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents. Dean Maryanne Reed said it is a tremendous honor to be included among this year’s winners.

The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs; the finest video and film productions; and online commercials, video and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators and corporate video departments in the world.

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CONTACT: Kimberly Walker, School of Journalism