RTV6 news receives top honors at Society of Professional Journalists banquet

Call 6 Investigators top in 2 categories

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Society of Professional Journalists honored RTV6 News with five "Best in Indiana" awards Friday night.

The Call 6 Investigators took home the title in two categories.

Rafael Sanchez won the Business/Consumer reporting category for his report on a tax preparation company. After his report, federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against the owners, accusing them of falsifying tax returns to inflate refund amounts.

Photographers Jason Scheuer and John Garing and producer Susan Batt also worked on that report. 

This is the fourth time in six years judges selected Sanchez as the winner in this category.

Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney received top honors in the Government/Politics category for her report on what happens to public officials accused of corruption. She worked with photographer Paul Chiodo and producer Susan Batt.

Last year, RTV6 put together "The Envelope," a documentary giving view a rare look inside the world of college admissions.  

The judges honored the program with the Best Documentary award. 

A shorter report based on the series was the Best Education Report category. RTV6 Anchor Todd Connor led the effort with Chief Photographer Dave Franklin and Producer Susan Batt. More than a dozen other RTV6 team members contributed to the project.

RTV6 also received second place honors in both the Education and Documentary categories.

Photographer Brad Forestal won the title for Best Sports Videography for the second year in a row.

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