Best News Reporter: Tim Ditman

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This entry consists of two reports from DWS reporter Tim Ditman.  The portion of the entry from :00 to 1:28 is a story on the aftermath of an EF-3 tornado that hit Gifford, Illinois, on November 17th.  Ditman was among the first to report that a tornado had touched down in the area and later went to the scene to file this report.  The story's anchor lead read as follows:  For Gifford residents, the long road of recovery has begun.  Tim Ditman has more.  The portion of the entry from 1:28 to 3:00 consists of a feature story profiling one of the most well known fans at University of Illinois men's basketball games.  It aired on February 22nd, 2013.  The anchor lead for the story read as follows:  As the Illini basketball seasons come and go, so, too, do the fans.  But there's one super-fan this year who might have some staying power.  Tim Ditman has more.  The anchor tag for the story read as follows:  Watts says the popcorn gimmick all started as a way to get on the video board on the Assembly Hall, and it took off from there.  He says he plans to stick with it as long as it stays popular and says dancing is a great way for him to blow off steam from school.

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