Saratoga Springs, N.Y. - 13WHAM News has been awarded first place by the Associated Press for its documentary They Were Just 11. The New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association presented the award Saturday night in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
The documentary first aired just days before the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. It focused on two Steuben County, N.Y. service members, Devin Snyder, a member of the U.S. Army and Zach Smith, a U.S. Marine. Both died in the line of duty in Afghanistan.
Both Snyder and Smith were just 11-years-old at the time of the terrorist attacks. The documentary shows the profound impact the September 11th attacks had on the lives of Smith, Snyder, and their families.
They Were Just 11 was produced and reported by 13WHAM’s Sean Carroll. Contributing to the production were anchor Don Alhart, videographers Nate Miller and Mark Schuman, and graphic artist Aaron Hurley.
The production also received the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award in the documentary category earlier in the year.