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  • WBRZ wins five awards in Mississippi-Louisiana AP Competition

    March 25, 2017 11:28 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. — WBRZ News won five awards in the 2016 Mississippi-Louisiana Associated Press competition. Winners of the 2016 Mississippi-Louisiana Associated Press broadcast, newspaper college competitions were announced Saturday at an awards presentation in Jackson. AP-member broadcasters and newspapers in both states submitted nearly 2,000 entries in the... more »
  • Did Twitter cause last night's Oscar gaffe?

    February 27, 2017 8:00 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Moments before he handed out the wrong envelope in one of the worst gaffes in Oscar history, PwC accountant Brian Cullinan tweeted a behind-the-scenes photo of winner Emma Stone holding her statuette. "Best Actress Emma Stone backstage!" the tweet read. It's one potential clue in the... more »
  • Oscar-nominated Emmanuelle Riva dies in Paris, age 89

    January 28, 2017 11:24 AM

    PARIS - Emmanuelle Riva, a French star of screen and stage who was nominated for an Academy Award for best actress in 2013, has died. She was 89. Riva died Friday afternoon in a Paris clinic after a long illness, her agent, Anne Alvares Correa, told The Associated Press. Riva... more »
  • Lafayette wins EPA air monitoring award

    December 15, 2016 8:15 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Cities in Louisiana and Maryland have won a national Environmental Protection Administration contest for plans to have residents set out hundreds of air pollution sensors, with results made public. Lafayette, Louisiana, and Baltimore each get $40,000 to help implement those plans. After a year, they can qualify for... more »
  • 17-year-old who risked life in Essen Lane shooting presented award

    December 13, 2016 11:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A 17-year-old boy who was shot and hit by a car while trying to help a woman on Essen Lane was presented an award by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office. Daniel Wesley was presented a citizenship award by Sheriff Sid Gautreaux for his bravery in... more »
  • Michael Jordan, Ellen DeGeneres among 21 to receive Medal of Freedom

    November 22, 2016 4:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is awarding the nation's highest civilian honor to 21 groundbreaking actors, musicians, athletes and others during a ceremony Tuesday at the White House. Among those getting the Presidential Medal of Freedom: actors Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro and Robert Redford. Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar,... more »
  • LSU's Fournette named Doak Walker semifinalist

    November 16, 2016 4:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE – LSU junior running back Leonard Fournette has been named as one of the 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award. Fournette is one of seven juniors to be named a semifinalist for the award which goes to the nation's top running back. Fournette is also a... more »
  • Flooded car questions answered Play Video

    August 29, 2016 11:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As the clean-up effort continues around south Louisiana, people are trying to get back into their normal routine but that's difficult without a car. Thousands of cars flooded, but if your insurance does not cover storm-related damage, FEMA says you must verify that it happened as... more »
  • BR Area Association of Black Journalists receives national award

    August 8, 2016 7:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge Area Association of Black Journalists (BRAABJ) was awarded the National Association of Black Journalists' (NABJ) Professional Chapter award. The award was presented at the NABJ/NAHJ Convention in Washington, D.C. last week. WBRZ 2une In news producer, Cheryl Stroy, is the current president of... more »
  • Louisiana awarded $2.4 million to help battle Zika virus

    July 21, 2016 1:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Louisiana has been awarded $2.4 million to fight the Zika virus. The award is the state's share of about $60 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to states cities and territories to support efforts to protect citizens from the Zika virus and adverse health... more »
  • WBRZ's Sylvia Weatherspoon receives 2016 Influential Women in Business award

    June 7, 2016 3:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - WBRZ anchor Sylvia Weatherspoon was recognized Tuesday as an influential woman in Baton Rouge business. The 2016 Influential Women in Business awards were given out by Baton Rouge Business Report. The full interview the publication conducted with Sylvia can be read here . In the... more »
  • FOLLOW UP: Good samaritan honored after saving cop

    April 12, 2016 10:02 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The city of Denham Springs honored a man Tuesday night credited with saving a police officer's life earlier this year. The good deed didn't come without consequences. Gordon Simoneaux broke his ankle helping a police officer who was being attacked by another man at a hotel in... more »
  • Liberty Bowl to recognize Archie Manning with award

    March 4, 2016 3:15 PM

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Liberty Bowl will present Archie Manning its Distinguished Citizen Award, an honor the organization considers its most prestigious recognition. Liberty Bowl officials announced Friday that Manning would be the guest of honor June 19 in Memphis at the kickoff event of the Liberty Bowl Golf... more »
  • Local dealership receives highest award in nation from Honda Motor Co.

    March 4, 2016 12:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Local car dealership TEAM Honda has been awarded the 2015 Honda President’s Award for a state record breaking 13th time. They also were named a Honda Masters Circle Award recipient, the highest distinction given by the American Honda Motor Company. “It is an honor to announce... more »
  • Frequent WBRZ guest, local chef Holly Clegg to receive lifetime achievement award

    February 3, 2016 4:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Best-selling author, chef and frequent guest on WBRZ’s 2une In Holly Clegg has received the nod for this year’s Grace “Mama” Marino Lifetime Achievement Award from the Baton Rouge Epicurean Society. The award is being given to Clegg based on her consistent efforts to positively impact... more »
  • Saints Benjamin Watson a finalist for NFL Man of the Year award

    January 25, 2016 12:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Saints tight end Benjamin Watson is having just as big a year off the field as he did on it. Watson was named as a finalist for the NFL Man of the Year Award, named for and given in honor of former NFL Hall-of-Famer Walter Payton.... more »
  • Former Baker High, pro NFL player presents gold football to students

    December 18, 2015 6:04 PM

    BAKER - Former Baker High and Denver Broncos running back, Jeff Alexander, returned to his high school alma mater Friday morning to present a gold football to students as part of the NFL’s Super Bowl High School Honor Roll program. Alexander told the student assembly that they should look... more »
  • Five LSU Tigers earn Coaches' All-SEC Recognition

    December 8, 2015 3:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Running back Leonard Fournette and right tackle Vadal Alexander are part of a group of five LSU Tigers who were picked for the Southeastern Conference Coaches’ All-SEC Teams, according to the conference Tuesday. Joining Fournette and Alexander are junior center Ethan Pocic, junior cornerback Tre’Davious White... more »
  • Venables, Smart among 34 nominees for Broyles Award

    November 25, 2015 5:31 PM

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables and Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart are among the 34 nominees for this year's Broyles Award, which is given annually to the top college football assistant coach. Venables was a Broyles Award finalist in 2006 Oklahoma, and he's led a defense... more »
  • Educators surprised with national award, $25,000 prize

    October 28, 2015 5:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Three Louisiana educators have received a national award as well as checks for $25,000 for their work in their respective school districts. The Milken Family Foundation acknowledged the work of Port Allen Middle School teacher Jessica Major and Plaquemine High School Principal Chandler Smith during award... more »
  • 4 BR schools among 2015 Blue Ribbon Schools awardees

    September 29, 2015 11:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Department of Education has recognized six public schools in the state as recipients of the 2015 Blue Ribbon Schools award, including two schools from East Baton Rouge Parish. The Blue Ribbon Schools program honors schools that are either high-performing or have closed established achievement... more »
  • Fournette runs away with SEC award for third week

    September 28, 2015 12:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU running back Leonard Fournette earned the Southeastern Conference's Player of the Week award for the third straight week, the conference announced Monday. Fournette is leading the nation in rushing right now with 210.3 yards per game. He put up a career-high 244 rushing yards and... more »
  • Deputies honored for life-saving rescues

    August 4, 2015 11:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Numerous sheriff's deputies were honored for their work at a banquet Tuesday night. Among those recognized by Sheriff Sid Gautreaux were six deputies for their heroism during dangerous calls. Deputy Kristen McKnight, Cpl. Patrick Roberts, Reserve Dy. John Buie, Lt. Josh Harris, Lt. Eric Strickland and... more »
  • Capital Area United Way Awards Banquet Play Video

    July 20, 2015 9:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Capital Area United Way aims to create a community where everyone is empowered to reach their full potential. All year long, community members work to make the CAUW's vision a reality. Now, the organization is recognizing people for all their hard work. People throughout the 10-parish... more »
  • Mayor Holden's Healthy BR Initiative wins national AHA award

    July 14, 2015 12:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE -The American Hospital Association announced Tuesday that Mayor-President Kip Holden's Healthy BR Initiative is one of five programs nationwide to receive the NOVA award for improving community health. "This award is really honoring a collaborative effort, and shows what can be accomplished when health-care providers put aside their... more »
  • Workers hailed as heroes after rescuing 3 from burning home

    June 26, 2015 8:04 AM

    METAIRIE- Six employees of Jefferson Parish's Streets Department have been honored for rescuing three people from a burning house earlier this month in Metairie. Ricky Walker, Rickey Addison, Keith Ellis, Paul Ellis, Don Cunningham and Randy Bass received certificates of merit from Jefferson Parish President John Young Wednesday. On the... more »
  • Cox Conserves Heroes Play Video

    June 25, 2015 8:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Cox Conserves Heroes is an awards program that recognizes people for their efforts to improve, preserve, create, or enhance shared outdoor areas in the community. The deadline is quickly approaching to nominate your very own environmental "hero". The program was created back in 2008 by Cox Enterprises... more »
  • BRPD K9 Unit awarded USPCA Award

    June 4, 2015 11:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - One of Baton Rouge Police Department's K9 units recieved special recognition Wednesday. Cpl. Luke Cowart and his dog Rukus were presented the USPCA National Detector Case of the Year Award in recognition of his efforts finding drugs during a stop last October. Baton Rouge Police... more »
  • McConaughey voices his love for Louisiana

    March 29, 2015 2:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Matthew McConaughey delivered a rousing speech on his love for Louisiana and the city of New Orleans while accepting an award at the film society Saturday. McConaughey, who received the New Orleans Film Society's 2015 Celluloid Hero award, called the city a "big, beautiful mess." ... more »
  • Indian guest workers win $14M award in trafficking case

    February 18, 2015 5:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal jury has awarded $14.1 million to five Indian guest workers who claimed they were defrauded and made to live in squalid conditions after being lured to work for an Alabama-based marine and fabrication company following Hurricane Katrina. The jury handed up its verdict Wednesday against... more »
  • Obama to award Presidential Medal of Freedom to Brokaw, Streep, others

    November 24, 2014 2:50 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is awarding the nation's highest civilian honor to 19 artists, activists, public servants, scientists and others. The distinguished and high-achieving group includes actress Meryl Streep, Ethel Kennedy, widow of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy, singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder and Rep. John Dingell, a Michigan Democrat... more »
  • Fans' Choice Award Winner Week 7: Lindsey Scott Play Video

    October 22, 2014 7:23 PM

    ZACHARY - To say Lindsey Scott is having a great year would be an understatement. The Zachary quarterback in just the last three weeks has picked up 852 yards and 12 touchdowns. But against Central, it was the junior's three touchdown performance in the 4th quarter, including the... more »
  • Local fire investigator received special award Play Video

    September 19, 2014 5:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An arson investigator from Baton Rouge took home a big prize at a state conference. Levert Kemp has been investigating arson-related fires for only four years and is the youngest investigator in the department, but he takes his job seriously. "It takes a couple of... more »
  • LSU's Nola named National Pitcher of the Year

    June 27, 2014 5:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The College Baseball Foundation named LSU all-star pitcher Aaron Nola their 2014 National Pitcher of the Year on Friday. The Baton Rouge native is cresting his third year for the Fighting Tigers and will be the sixth athlete to ever receive the award in school history.... more »
  • Doggone, local K9 gets beat by wire fox terrier at Westminster

    February 12, 2014 1:13 AM

    NEW YORK - A dog from Baton Rouge didn't make the final cut to be crowned America's top dog. Instead of Coco, a Cardigan Welsh corgi from the Capital City, Sky the wire fox terrier won best in show at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club on Tuesday night. Sky... more »
  • State Police honor Acadian and Air Med

    January 14, 2014 11:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State Police have honored Acadian Ambulance and Air Med with a Distinguished Service Award. The award goes to friends and partners of the State Police who go above and beyond in serving their communities. The award is not a recurring award, but instead a... more »
  • Seminoles QB Winston named AP Player of the Year

    December 24, 2013 6:38 PM

    TALLAHASSEE, Fl. - Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is The Associated Press player of the year. It's the latest honor in a cadre of postseason accolades for the redshirt freshman. He won the Heisman Trophy, was named the Walter Camp national player of the year, the Davey O'Brien quarterback of... more »
  • Beckham Jr. wins Hornung award

    December 13, 2013 11:49 AM

    LOUISVILLE - LSU wide receiver and return specialist Odell Beckham Jr. has won the fourth annual Paul Hornung award. The award is given to college football's most versatile player by the Louisville Sports Commission. Beckham Jr. shattered the LSU single season record for all-purpose yards this season. ... more »
  • Fans Choice ceremony takes athletes behind the scenes Play Video

    December 10, 2013 7:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - We've seen the Fans Choice Award winners throughout the season put together some remarkable performances, but Tuesday it was their turn to sit back, relax, and enjoy their accomplishments at the WBRZ Studios. From Ascension Catholic High School to Central High, the winners showed up to... more »
  • Danny Glover feted in Bahamas, recalls Mandela

    December 7, 2013 10:49 AM

    NASSAU, Bahamas - Actor Danny Glover has received a Career Achievement Award in the Bahamas as he reflected on the role he played as Nelson Mandela while the South African leader was still in prison. The 67-year-old actor says he was moved by Mandela's political writings as a student in... more »
  • LSU AgCenter gets $750,000 award

    December 5, 2013 11:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The LSU AgCenter Department of Agricultural Economics is getting a three-year award of more that $750,000. Researchers from the Center for Natural Resource Economics and Policy will study the value of the environmental monitoring system in the Gulf of Mexico. The AgCenter says sensors and buoys... more »
  • Baton Rouge General awarded nationally

    October 27, 2013 5:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge General was recognized nationally for their treatment efforts of heart failure and stroke. This award was given as five-stars from the Healthgrades Rating Service. This website helps customers to choose the best hospital in their area for them. Healthgrades has 225 million visitors that... more »
  • La. author among Natl. Medal of Arts winners

    July 10, 2013 3:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - An author from Pointe Coupee Parish was among 24 recipients of national medals for contributions in the fields of the arts and humanities recognized today by President Barack Obama. Ernest J. Gaines is most known for his novels "A Lesson Before Dying" and "The Autobiography of Miss Jane... more »
  • LSU QB named to Maxwell Award watch list

    July 8, 2013 12:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU announced today that senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger made it onto the watch list for the 2012 Maxwell Award. Mettenberger is one of 16 SEC players in the hunt for the award, given by the Maxwell Football Club to the college football player of the year.... more »
  • 3 LSU players on Bednarik watch list

    July 8, 2013 11:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Three LSU football players - defensive tackle Anthony Johnson, linebacker Lamin Barrow and safety Craig Loston - are on the watch list for the Bednarik Award. The award is presented annually to college football's National Defensive Player of the Year by the Maxwell Football Club. Both LSU... more »
  • Woman from Vacherie wins Dream Home

    June 15, 2013 11:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lorette Oubre from Vacherie won the 2013 St. Jude Dream Home Saturday night. The giveaway was televised live from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on channel 2. Oubre was shocked and overjoyed when WBRZ anchors John Pastorek and Sylvia Weatherspoon called her with the news just... more »
  • Musicians honored for volunteer work Play Video

    May 17, 2013 5:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The musical duo "The Thomas Brothers" stopped by the studio to talk about their community service events in Ascension Parish. The pair was named Community Service Volunteers of the Year at Volunteer Ascension for inspiring others through their music. The two are students at Southern... more »
  • Law enforcement honored for heroic efforts Play Video

    May 16, 2013 5:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Today is a day of honor and remembrance for Louisiana State Troopers, to remember those who have fallen, a memorial was held for troopers who gave their lives in the line of duty. The name of each fallen trooper was read aloud during a memorial service... more »
  • Nola named SEC Pitcher of the Week after LSU wins

    May 6, 2013 11:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The SEC named LSU sophomore right-hander Aaron Nola as the conference's Pitcher of the Week today. Nola threw his fourth consecutive complete game Friday and had his second shutout of the season against No. 19 Florida. He held the Gators to no runs and four singles... more »
  • Sore loser?

    April 15, 2013 7:29 PM

    LOS ANGELES- Actress Aubrey Plaza interrupted Will Ferrell's acceptance of his MTV Movie Award last night and then left the ceremony. She was asked to leave after unexpectedly walking on the stage and trying to take Ferrell's trophy as he accepted the Comedic Genius Award. Plaza is one of the... more »
  • LSU's Fico listed for CLASS award

    February 21, 2013 10:54 AM

    OVERLAND PARK, Ks. - Senior LSU pitcher Rachele Fico was one of 30 softball players from across the country named as a candidate for the 2013 CLASS awards. Fico, a Connecticut native, plans to honor the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook school massacre by completing 26 random acts... more »
  • 3 named LSWA players of the week

    February 12, 2013 11:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Sports Writers Association as announced three choices for this week's state basketball players of the week. There was a tie for the men's winner with Brandon Fortenberry of Southeastern Louisiana and Ricky Tarrant of Tulane sharing the honor, while Kelia Shelton of Louisiana Tech took the... more »

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