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2005 Citations

Eric Webb, KFWB, Los Angeles, for providing actualities via e-mail on Reggie the alligator in Los Angeles' Machado Lake. Dec. 30, 2005.

Marseilles Chavez, KFWB, Los Angeles, for providing actualities via e-mail on Reggie the alligator in Los Angeles' Machado Lake. Dec. 30, 2005.

Rick Joyce, The Insider, for first word on the death of broadcasting pioneer Ralph Edwards, less than an hour after Edwards died in Los Angeles. Nov. 16, 2005

Nick Stoffel & Pete Fuentes, XETV, San Diego, for providing AP's new Multimedia Investigative Team with file footage of the Navy hauling its damaged Hornet jet out of San Diego Bay. The package, which included XETV-branded footage, moved Aug. 4, 2005.

Lori Gilbert, KELK-AM, Elko, for providing first word to the AP about an 18-car pileup that killed four people and a plane crash in the area nearly simultaneously. July 30, 2005.

Gary Daigneault, KCDZ, Joshua Tree, for alerting AP Los Angeles to the summer's first big wildfires, which destroyed at least six homes and threatened hundrds of others in Morongo Valley. Reported from the scene, providing a stream of updates and voicers. June 22-23, 2005

Cindy Daigneault, KCDZ, Joshua Tree, for alerting AP Los Angeles to the summer's first big wildfires, which destroyed at least six homes and threatened hundrds of others in Morongo Valley. Provided information from a home scanner. June 22, 2005

Eric Hulnick, KLAS-TV, Las Vegas, for sharing a crucial phone number in the search for relatives of the Las Vegas native killed in Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt. As a result, victim Kristina Miller's family members offered photos and recollections.

Rick Joyce, The Insider, for first word and follow-up on the death of eight-time Grammy winner Luther Vandross. July 1, 2005.

Mark Malkin, The Insider, for first word and follow-up on the death of eight-time Grammy winner Luther Vandross. July 1, 2005.

Mike Pechner, KCBS, San Francisco, for calling the AP while hiking in the Sierra near Donner Pass to report a significant earthquake had just struck in the area. Pechner also turned his cell phone over to his hiking partner for an on-the-scene phone interview with The AP. June 26, 2005

Mike Hart, KERO TV, Bakersfield, for providing first word that Garth Brooks proposed to longtime girlfriend Trisha Yearwood in a ceremony honoring country music greats at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace. May 25, 2005.

Mike Pechner, KCBS, San Francisco, for calling in multiple times to report a possible hot air balloon crash with eight people aboard in the Suisun Marsh. Pechner kept AP apprised of the situation throughout the day as he traveled to the scene, and continued to update AP from the site. May 22, 2005.

Hal Eisner, UPN 13, Los Angeles, for alerting AP-Los Angeles, to illegal DVD copies of the final "Star Wars" movie hitting the streets of Los Angeles. Eisner reported his station bought five DVDs for $5 each in an alley in L.A.'s downtown fashion district the same day the movie opened in theaters. May 19, 2005

Scott Howard, KNVN-TV, Chico, for first word that a P-3 air tanker crashed in a remote area of Northern California. The plane went down on a training flight about 30 miles from Chico Airport, where it had departed. All three crew members on board were killed. April 20, 2005.

Eric Nelson, KVML-AM, Sonora, for word that federal investigators were again searching a Northern California reservoir where investigators several years ago found the bodies of five Los Angeles-area victims of an alleged Russian mob scheme. April 20, 2005.

John Palminteri, KEYT-TV, Santa Barbara, for providing first word to that a 75-foot charter boat had been stolen from the Santa Barbara harbor and abandoned at Vandenberg Air Force Base. March 23, 2005.

Mark Howell, KUZZ, Bakersfield, for first word and confirmation of the death of country music artist Chris LeDoux of complications from liver cancer. March 9, 2005.

Tammy Brown, KUZZ, Bakersfield, for first word and details when two people were seriously injured and two chimpanzees fatally shot after several chimps broke from their cages at an animal sanctuary in Kern County and attacked workers. March 3, 2005.

Mike Trihey, KGET, Bakersfield, For providing details from the station's early on-camera interview with Dr. Maureen Martin. Martin, of Kern Medical Center, spoke about the extent of the injuries to the couple attacked by chimpanzees at the Animal Haven Ranch in Kern County. March. 3, 2005.

Hal Eisner, KCOP/KTTV, Los Angeles, for breaking the multi-state lottery story four days before the California Lottery Commission decided to participate in Mega Millions, which was played in 11 other states. Feb. 8, 2005.

Pete Demetriou, KFWB, Los Angeles, for filing "sceners" and other assistance shortly after the commuter train crash that killed 11 people in Glendale, Calif. Jan. 26, 2005.

John Rabe and Frank Stoltze, KPCC, Pasadena, for witness and survivor interviews and other assistance shortly after the commuter train crash that killed 11 people in Glendale, Calif. Jan. 26, 2005.

2004 Citations

Thom Jensen, KGTV, San Diego, for providing proposed guidelines that the government would be more selective about charging illegal immigrants who have committed crimes. Nov. 1, 2004.

Joy Short, KPSI, Palm Springs, for providing first word to AP/Los Angeles that a section of a street in Palm Springs would be renamed Kirk Douglas Way in honor of the actor. Oct. 15, 2004.

Rick Joyce, Entertainment Tonight, for providing key contact information to help The AP confirm the death of "Superman" actor Christopher Reeve. Oct. 11, 2004.

Rick Joyce, Entertainment Tonight, for providing information on the death of actress Janet Leigh.. Oct. 4, 2004.

Mindy Steinman, weekend host on KPCC-FM, Pasadena, for alerting AP/Los Angeles, with first word on Los Angeles International Airport evacuations over the Labor Day weekend. Steinman called AP after fielding an inquiry from a listener. Sept. 4, 2004.

John Palminteri, KEYT-TV, Santa Barbara, for first word about the death of California fitness icon Gypsy Boots. Aug. 9, 2004

Joseph Kreiss & Sebastian Kunz, KVML,Sonora, for providing first word that William Nesler was wanted in connection with the beating death of a Tuolomne County man. Nesler, son of “vigilante mother” Ellie Nesler, was eventually arrested by authorities. July 27, 2004.

Rick Joyce, Entertainment Tonight, for first word and followup calls about the death of funk singer Rick James. Aug. 6, 2004

Jack Haley and Dennis Johnson, Fox Sports News for first word of the Los Angeles Lakers' trade of Gary Payton and Rick Fox to the Boston Celtics. Aug. 6, 2004

Gary Daigneault, KCDZ, Joshua Tree, for reporting on all elements of the search in Joshua Tree National Park for a missing teenage camper, including the start of the search, reports of a possible homicide and the discovery of the hiker's body. July 23, 2004.

Bret Burkhart, KGO-AM, San Francisco. Brett provided first word that California Highway Patrol commisioner Dwight "Spike" Helmick was going to announce his retirement. He also provided background on the longtime chief and soundbites from an interview conducted with KGO. June 1, 2004.

Gaylen Young, KGET, Bakersfield, for first word on the arrest of vice principal Vincent Brothers in the grisly murders of his wife, her three children and his mother-in-law. Young e-mailed the AP, then followed up with a phone call and background information. Also, word of a news conference. April 30, 2004.

Gary Daigneault, KCDZ, Joshua Tree, for providing first word to the AP that a controlled burn had gotten out of control in the San Bernardino Mountains, an area scarred by October's devastating wildfires. The fire burned 400 acres, forced the evacuation of two ski resorts and destroyed one structure. March 25, 2004.

KMPH-FM, Fresno, for tipping the AP to the mass slayings at a Fresno home shortly after police responded to the scene. The station's tip directly to the AP's Fresno correspondent quickly led to an urgent series on both broadcast and print wires that soon evolved into a story of national interest about nine people found dead in a home. March 12, 2004.

John Palminteri, KEYT-TV, Santa Barara, for feeding AP Radio a set-up package for use the morning of Michael Jackson's arraignment, featuring fans from around the world staying at local hotels. On arraignment day, John provided audio of Jackson greeting fans after the hearing, and audio of the defense attorneys' brief news availability. Jan. 16, 2004

Gary Daigneault, KCDZ, Joshua Tree, for researching and reporting
the death of a man who, as a teenager, was starved and chained to a bed in one of the most horrific child abuse cases in Southern California history. Authorities said Jerry Davis, 20, was shot to death after he apparently became confused while trying to find a bus home in San Bernardino. Sept. 23, 2003

KRON-TV, San Francisco, for providing a frame capture from the Dianne Feinstein recall ad. The tape was released at 10 a.m. and they got the picture to the AP so quickly it was on the wire by around 1p.m. Sept. 2, 2003.

Michael Edgecomb, KION-TV, Salinas, for tipping the AP to the Santa Cruz boardwalk accident in which an elderly man ran over two people he was picking up and two pedestrians. He then filed a number of updates to keep us on top of the story as it developed. Sept. 1, 2003.

Gary Daigneault, news director, KCDZ, Joshua Tree, for first word of flooding in Twentynine Palms. Daigneault kept the AP apprised of developments throughout the day, including a car that was swept into a wash and confirmation of three dead. He also provided audio to AP Network News and photos. Aug. 26, 2003.

Tom Newton, KRON, San Francisco, for calling the AP with breaking news that San Francisco Police Chief Earl Sanders was retiring. Aug. 11, 2003.

Kevin Keyser, KRON, San Francisco, for calling the AP before the station aired news that two San Francisco police officers had been stabbed at a home in Daly City. Aug. 11, 2003.

Blake Taylor, program director at KERN, Bakersfield, for first word to the AP that four bodies were found at a home in Bakersfield and the search for an unidentified family member. Taylor was soon back with word that an infant's body had been found, bringing the death toll to five. A mother, grandmother and three children were dead. The younger woman's estranged husband remains the sole suspect. July 8, 2003.

Tammy Brown, KUZZ, Bakersfield, for audio for AP Network News when the bodies of five family members were found in a home in Bakersfield. A mother, grandmother and three children were dead. The younger woman's estranged husband remains the sole suspect. July 8, 2003.

Aron Bender, KMPH-FM in Fresno, for his help in covering the police shooting of an apparently deranged man in Fresno. He provided Fresno's Kim Baca with a complete and thorough script after covering the event. July 17, 2003.

Joseph Kreiss and Scott Braddock, KVML-AM, Sonora, for continued help to the AP on breaking news stories in the Sierra Nevada. July 16, 2003.

Michael Edgecomb, KION-TV, Salinas, for providing the AP with details about the scheduled arraignment for a man suspected of kidnapping and killing his children. Edgecomb also provided phone numbers. July 14, 2003.

Michael Edgecomb, KION-TV, Salinas, for providing the AP with first word about an 18-car pileup in Santa Cruz that killed an 8-month-old girl. Edgecomb also provided contact numbers and numerous updates. July 11, 2003.

Aron Bender and the staff, KMPH-FM, Fresno, for continued news assistance to The Associated Press. July 2003.

Scott Howard, KHSL-FM/KNVN-TV, Chico, for providing the AP with first word and a story that a Tehama County man was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the dog mauling death of a 6-year-old boy. June 30, 2003.

Dan Thesman, KERO, Bakersfield for alerting the AP of a wildfire near Lake Isabella that destroyed two homes and several other structures. June 26, 2003.

Kirk Hawkins, KCOY-TV, Santa Maria, for providing information to AP/Los Angeles about the riot at the Federal Penitentiary in Lompoc. Hawkins and his cameraperson were nearly arrested while getting footage of ambulances' arrival and departure. Four prison employees and at least one inmate were injured in the Sunday disturbance. June 1, 2003.

Michael Edgecomb, KION Salinas, for first word that author John Steinbeck's widow, Elaine Steinbeck, had died, and for providing the AP with details of her death. April 28, 2003.

Matt Mahoney, KPAY, Chico, for alerting the AP that a serviceman killed in Afgahnistan had connections in Chico. April 25, 2003.

Erik Nordby and Patrick Tangney, KGO Radio, San Francisco, for alerting the AP that one of the station's reporters was embedded with a Marine unit involved in a civilian rescue and firefight, providing audio files and providing contact phone numbers. March 26, 2003.

Adrienne Abbott, KOLO-TV, Reno, for providing The Associated Press with on-cycle coverage of the jury decision that Larry Peck, convicted of killing Reno police Officer John Bohach, should be sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison without possible parole. The late-night verdict came just three hours after the jury received the penalty phase of the case. KOLO assignment editor Adrienne Abbott e-mailed the station's script, including direct quotes from the defense attorney, the district attorney and the victim's wife. April 22, 2003

Karina Williams & Mike Cunningham, KCBS-TV, Los Angeles, for taking time in the middle of a heavy news load to protect the AP on Camp Pendleton memorial services. The base made no allowances for print reporters covering the services but provided satellite feeds to television stations. Williams and Cunningham went out of their way to get the information to AP reporter Chelsea Carter.

Sabrina Hughes, KNTV-TV, San Jose, for calling the AP with first word that Steve Mariucci was being fired as coach of the San Francisco 49ers after six seasons without a trip to the Super Bowl. She also told of an upcoming news conference. Jan. 15, 2003.

Carlos H. Sanchez & Alejandro Alejandre, KBNT Univision/Telemundo, San Diego, for helping AP reporter Chelsea Carter cover an appeals court hearing in San Diego. The courtroom was tiny, and most of the press was held back. Sanchez and Alejandre got in and afterward played back the entire hearing for Carter. Feb. 10, 2003.

Robert Flores, KION-TV, Salinas, for providing first word of a bizarre student walkout at Aptos High School in which students in a civics class on civil disobedience decided to use what they learned and walk out of class. Jan. 28, 2003.

Mike Edgecomb, KION-TV, Salinas, for providing first word of a Central Coast earthquake. Jan. 8, 2003.

Tracy Lehr , KEYT-TV, Santa Barbara, for alerting AP/Los Angeles on a Sunday night that a fugitive warrant had been issued for Max Factor heir Andrew Luster. She called the next day when the date rape trial defendant failed to appear in court and his $1 million bail was ordered forfeited. Jan. 5-6, 2003.

KCRA-TV, Sacramento, for tipping the AP of news of a small plane crash that killed one of the inventors of satellite television. Nov. 13, 2002

Dan Thesman, KERO-TV, Bakersfield for providing the AP first word of an
attack on a Greyhound bus outside Coalinga. Two people died and dozens
were injured in the resulting crash. Sept. 30, 2002.

Joseph Kreiss, KVML, Sonora, for providing details and a photograph of the fire that destroyed a historic inn in Twain Harte. Dec. 11, 2002.

Robert Flores, KION, Salinas, for alerting the AP that a ranger at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park had been shot and police were searching for the suspect. Dec. 10, 2002.

Lance Orozco, KCLU-FM, Thousand Oaks, for first information on the parachutist missing after landing in the Pacific during filming of a Bruce Willis action movie. Pismo Beach is out of his area, but his parents were watching the filming from their beachfront home and advised their son about what happened. October 29, 2002.

Galen Young, anchor at KGET-TV, Bakersfield, for first word on an arrest in the stabbing death of longtime Kern County assistant district attorney Stephen Tauzer. The sheriff called a news conference for 1:30 p.m., but Young provided confirmation from the arrestee's attorney before 11 a.m. Oct. 22, 2002.

Joy Short, KPSI, Palm Springs, for providing the AP confirmation of the death of long-time radio personality Al Lohman. Short spoke with Lohman's son, who confirmed the death. Oct. 14, 2002.

Diane Guerrazzi, KTVU, Oakland, for calling the AP from the scene of the Croy fire to report that the California Department of Forestry traced the source to a mobile home. The fire destroyed dozens of homes in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Sept. 24, 2002.

Dan Noyes, KGO-TV, San Francisco, for providing the AP with an advance copy of his story on problems with the engines that power the San Francisco fire department's emergency water supply system. The system was used when the main water supply failed during the Loma Prieta earthquake. Noyes' report found the backup system is in critical condition. Sept. 24, 2002.

Mark Howell, news director at KUZZ-FM, Bakersfield, for first word on a Sunday night of the stabbing death of Kern County Assistant District Attorney Stephen Tauzer. The body of the 27-year-old veteran of the district attorney's office was found in his garage. Howell provided positive identification the next day. Sept. 15, 1992.

Michael Edgecomb, KION TV Salinas, for tipping the AP that a tiger attacked a young student during an assembly at a Scotts Valley school.
Sept. 20 2002.

Michael Edgecomb, KION TV Salinas, for tipping the AP to a large marijuana bust by the Santa Cruz sheriff's department the day after Santa Cruz city officials presided over a pot handout at City Hall. Sept. 19, 2002.

Les Waldron, KFMB-TV, San Diego, for being a regular source of breaking weekend news from the San Diego area. In morning checks of TV stations Les goes out of his way to find pass on something newsworthy. On Saturday, July 20, he updated a wildfire story we had overnight, and later in the day he called on a missing 3-year-old boy in Carlsbad. Although the boy was found shortly thereafter, it was timely because of the heightened concern for children in the wake of the van Dam and Runnion abduction killings. July 20, 2002.

Saaqib Rangoonwala, KFWB, Los Angeles. For opening his home, one block from the LAX gunman's Irvine apartment, to AP reporter Chelsea Carter and AP photograher Nick Ut during their coverage. Saaqib and his wife provided coffee, water and a bathroom, plus a telephone to transmit pictures. "He made the night much easier on us, and we both appreciated it," says Chelsea. Saaqib is a news production assistant at KFWB. July 4, 2002.

Rick Joyce, Entertainment Tonight, for tipping AP LA to the death of The Who bass guitarist John Entwistle. Rick called us as soon as he received word from a source in Las Vegas that Entwistle had died in his Las Vegas hotel room. June 27, 2002.

Silva Harapetian, KMPH, Fresno, for providing continuous updates on the killing of a Fresno County sheriff's deputy and the hunt for the man suspected of killing him. May 2002.

Aron Bender, KMPH, Fresno, for providing continuous updates on the killing of a Fresno County sheriff's deputy and the hunt for the man suspected of killing him. May 2002.

John Palminteri, KEYT, Santa Barbara, for providing first word to the Los Angeles bureau of a big rig pursuit and standoff that shut down Highway 101 at Ventura-Santa Barbara County line. John had a report that the driver was suicidal and armed with a knife and traffic was backed up for miles on this busy Southern California freeway. It finally ended peacefully at 10:30 p.m. with the driver in custody. May 8, 2002.

Bill Defoi, KVTA, Ventura, for providing continuous updates to the Los Angeles bureau Wednesday evening May 8 on Highway 101 pursuit and standoff and first word of death and updates in Simi Valley train crash. In all, Bill called the bureau four times, first with word that the driver of the big rig had stopped and the California Highway Patrol had surrounded the vehicle. He called again when the standoff ended more than two hours later and the driver had been airlifted to a hospital for treatment of what were believed to be self-inflicted wounds. Bill's first call also included word that the driver of a car that collided with a Metrolink train in Simi Valley earlier in the afternoon had died and details from the scene. His final call included the dead man's identity, as well as the condition and identity of a woman who was injured in the crash. May 8, 2002.

Paul Hosley, KCBS-AM, San Francisco, for tipping the AP about a bloody pit bull fight in the yard of a San Francisco day care center. April 26, 2002.

David Gotfredson, KFMB-TV, San Diego, for providing details of the arrest of the Rev. Paul Shanley, one of the Catholic priests at the center of the church sex scandal in Boston. KFMB had been trying to find Shanley, working with another CBS affiliate, WBZ-TV in Boston, for two months. Gotfredson, producer at KFMB, says his station, Channel 8, filmed Shanley returning from a weekend outing four days before the arrest, and WBZ aired it, letting investigators know Shanley wasn't in Thailand as widely believed. Gotfredson provided details of the arrest such as the site of the apartment and what Shanley was wearing. News Director Fred D'Ambrosi shared a frame grab of the arrest with AP Photos. May 2, 2002.

Dave Hawkins, KGMN-FM, Kingman, Ariz., for providing first word at 3:30 a.m. April 27, that the fire department in Kingman had been asked to respond to a bloody casino shooting in Laughlin, Nev., 40 miles away. In the end, the gun battle on the Harrah's casino floor at Harrah's left three bikers dead. "I believe in the AP cooperative," says Hawkins, "and I'm your tri-state monitor." April 27, 2002

Christi O'Connor, KNTV, San Jose, for calling to report that Marjorie Knoller, convicted of second-degree murder in the San Francisco dog mauling trial, filed a motion to switch lawyers. April 9, 2002.

Marvin Simmons, KOVR, Sacramento, for calling March 30 to report Laren Sims, in custody in Florida in the poisoning death of her husband in Sacramento, had committed suicide in her jail cell while awaiting extradition. April 2, 2002

Sal Castaneda, KTVU-TV, Oakland, for providing information and sources on Oakland's fight with Caltrans over a piece of land the transportation agency wanted to use as a staging area for construction of the new Bay Bridge span. March 19, 2002

George Knapp, KLAS-TV, Las Vegas, for providing the tip that prosecutors would not be filing sexual assault charges against boxer Mike Tyson. Knapp phoned AP before he went on the air to report the story. Feb. 21, 2002

News Team, KPIX, San Francisco, for providing advance word and details from an interview with one of the winners in California's record-setting $193 million lottery. Feb. 18, 2002

Leona Wong, KPIX, San Francisco, for alerting the AP about a suspected road rage shooting outside Castro Valley, and for providing contact information. Feb. 6, 2002

Wayne Brown, KMJ, Fresno, for calling AP/Los Angeles with first word on the deadly crash of as many as 40 vehicles on Highway 99 at Selma. Brown also provided contact phone numbers and the pager of the KMJ reporter headed to the scene. Feb. 5, 2002

Roy Isom, KMJ, Fresno, for calling AP with updates from the scene on the deadly crash of as many as 40 vehicles on Highway 99 at Selma. Isom also provided sound for AP Network News. Feb. 5, 2002

C.J. Ward, KEYT, Santa Barbara, for providing first word that an arrest had been made in the rapes of prostitutes from Los Angeles to San Francisco. The victims were abandoned naked along the coast. News Director Sandy Shields faxed her station's 6 p.m. package and then provided more information after the show was broadcast.

Daniela Lopez, KERO-TV, Bakersfield, for providing first word and a vital on-site phone number in the chain-reaction crash of 77 vehicles in foggy Kern County. One person was killed and 15 injured on Highway 58. Jan. 3, 2002

Ron Kirk, KSRO, Santa Rosa, for providing sources and information on an unmanned plane flying above Sonoma County. Dec. 26, 2001.

Lloyd LaCuesta, KTVU-TV, Oakland, for connecting the AP to a source for a story about security screeners threatening to walk off the job at San Francisco International Airport. Nov. 21, 2001.

Leslie Griffith, KTVU-TV, Oakland, for providing a lead on how to get in touch with Alice Hoglan, the mother of Mark Bingham. Bingham was among the passengers killed on United Flight 93. Sept. 11, 2001.

Mark Liu, KTNV-TV, Las Vegas, for providing word of a lawsuit accusing three NFL players and a former player of rape and alerting the AP to a news conference about the case. Dec. 20, 2001.

Tracy Lehr, KEYT-TV, Santa Barbara, for providing first word that jurors in Ventura recommended the death penalty for Socorro Caro, convicted of murdering three of her four sons in their Santa Rosa Valley home in 1999. Dec. 10, 2001.

Tammy Brown, KUZZ, Bakersfield, for providing first word that seven people were killed in a collision near Bakersfield involving an Amtrak train and a van filled with farm workers. Dec. 12, 2001.

Leona Wong, KPIX, San Francisco, For providing first word that Bechtel, Inc. was telling San Francisco employees they didn't have to come to work if they were worried in the days after reported threats to the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge. Nov. 1, 2001.

Tom Watters, KUKI-AM, Ukiah, for providing first word of a change in medical marijuana policy in Mendocino County, and for providing details and background. Oct. 11, 2001

Jim Cumberland of KVML, Sonora, for notifying AP-Fresno that Ellie Nesler, who killed her son's accused molester in court eight years ago, had been arrested on meth-related charges. Oct. 9, 2001.

Hal Eisner of KCOP-TV, Los Angeles, for calling AP/Los Angeles with the report that the suspect sought in the three Simi Valley killings wrongfully thought his ex-girlfriend had given him a blood disease. Sept. 6, 2001.

Lance Orozco of KCLU-TV, Thousand Oaks, for first word on the death row death of Theodore Frank, one of California's most notorious child molesters, plus follow-up comment. Sept. 6, 2001.

Dave McCann of KLAS-TV, Las Vegas, for calling AP/Las Vegas before the station's 4 p.m. news to let the bureau know UNLV football coach John Robinson was named the school's athletic director. Aug. 16, 2001.

Ron Kirk of KSRO-AM, Santa Rosa, for providing first word of a large brush fire in Mendocino County. The "Trough Fire" forced evacutions of vacation cabins. Aug. 9, 2001.

Bryan Goebel of KCBS-AM, San Francisco, Santa Rosa, for providing the first word of the death of California Supreme Court Justice Stanley Mosk. June 19, 2001.

Ron Kirk of KSRO-AM, Santa Rosa, for providing sources and information in coverage of the North Bay Wildfire in Sonoma County. May 31, 2001.

Roland de Wolk of KTVU-TV, San Francisco, for calling AP/San Francisco to alert the bureau of the Fox affiliate's upcoming exclusive on the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power making the highest ever bid to the ISO — $1,200 per megawatt hour. Feb. 14, 2001.

Tom Vacar of KTVU-TV, San Francisco, for sharing his exclusive report on L.A. DWP pricey power bid. Feb. 14, 2001.

John Myers of KSBY-TV, San Luis Obispo, for calling AP Los Angeles with the John Krebs death penalty verdict in the disappearance and killings of two young women. May 11, 2001

Tammy Brown of KUZZ, Bakersfield, for calling AP Los Angeles with word on a fatal motorcycle race at Bakersfield Speedway. Earlier, she reported on a fatal police shooting at a U-Haul rental office. April 21-22, 2001.

John Huff of KCDZ-FM, Joshua Tree, for calling AP with the story of a Wonder Valley couple accused of chaining their two boys to bed posts. October 14, 2000.

Gary Daigneault of KCDZ-FM, Joshua Tree, with updates on the story of a Wonder Valley couple accused of chaining their two boys to bed posts. October 14, 2000.

Todd Thornton of KCHO, Chico, for providing first word to AP/Sacramento of a wildfire in Tehama County. He not only gave initial word but provided contact numbers. September 29, 2000

Gary Daigneault of KCDZ-FM, Joshua Tree, for calling AP in the middle of the night when a mistaken mixture of hydrochloric acid and jet fuel at a rail yard led to the temporary evacuation of about 1,000 residents of Yermo. Two workers were treated for respiratory problems.

Gary Daigneault of KCDZ-FM, Joshua Tree, for alerting AP/Los Angeles to a memo his local hospital received from Wyeth-Ayerst in Philadelphia about a shortage of a widely used snakebite serum, at the height of snakebite season. Gary provided quotes, and AP Philadelphia took over the story that moved nationally about a nationwide shortage of the drug, because of the closing of a plant.

Cathryn Kozel of KOGO, San Diego, for calling AP in the middle of the night to report the premature sinking of a former Canadian warship off San Diego. There were big plans and celebrations on tap when the HMCS Yukon was to be sunk, converting it into an artificial reef, but the 366-foot vessel began taking on water a full day before and sank in 90 minutes.

Gary Daigneault of KCDZ-FM, Joshua Tree, for calling AP on a weekend to report a bee attack on four hikers in Joshua Tree National Park. One of the victims was stung about 100 times, another 50.

Pete Demetriou of KFWB-AM, Los Angeles, has been awarded an Instant News Citation for calling AP from the scene to report updates on violence following the Lakers' world championship victory. He also called AP's Broadcast News Center with audio.

Betsy Schwartz of KESQ-TV, Palm Desert, has been awarded an Instant News Citation for calling in with frst word of Bob Hope's hospitalization on June 1. The 97-year-old entertainer received blood transfusions before the bleeding in his colon was stabilized.

APTRA's first Cyber Citation goes to David Wylie of KZXY, Victorville for calling from the scene May 9, with first word that a suspected bank robber was holding three young children hostage in their apartment. The complete citation is available online. Adobe's free Acrobat Reader is required.