R-5 (Best Series or Documentary Program): Gifford tornado

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This entry consists of seven edited reports that were among the numerous stories we aired on WDWS during the first week following the EF-3 tornado that struck the central part of Gifford, Illinois, on November 17th, 2013, leaving a path of destruction behind. All of the reports were generated from reporters making trips to Gifford, in addition to reporting done from Champaign that is not included in this entry. WDWS was also among the first media outlets to report that a tornado had hit the small town.  The first excerpt runs from :00 to 1:05 and is from a live on-air report from reporter Michael Kiser, speaking from Gifford just hours after the tornado hit.  The second excerpt from 1:05 to 1:42 is a portion of a story by reporter Michael Kiser on how law enforcement and emergency officials were dealing with the tornado aftermath. The third excerpt from 1:42 to 2:37 is a portion of a story by WDWS reporter Tim Ditman on what residents experienced when the twister hit and how they were coping.  The fourth story from 2:37 to 3:03 is taken from a report by Tim Ditman on Illinois Governor Pat Quinn touring the damage in Gifford.  The fifth story from 3:04 to 3:28 is a portion of a report by Michael Kiser on damage to the town's only school (K-8th grade) and that it wasn't known when school would resume.  The sixth excerpt from 3:28 4:21 was reported by Michael Kiser and ran on the first day volunteers were allowed into town to help residents clean up.  The final portion of the entry from 4:21 to 4:55 is excerpt from a report by WDWS News Director Carol Vorel on coping with the damage to Gifford's water treatment plant.


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