Craig Stevens

Silver Circle Award

Craig Stevens WSVN 7 NewsCraig Stevens and five other local TV news vets were awarded the Silver Circle award for excellence last night. The award is awarded to distinguished individuals who have contributed a quarter of a century or more of exemplary excellence to the television industry. Stevens has 25 years in the news business, 20 of which he has spent with Sunbeam television, mostly at WSVN with a short stint at WHDH form 1997 to 1999.

Five other local TV news vets were awarded a Silver Circle as well




Manuel Martinez, President Telemundo StationsManuel Martinez, President of Telemundo stations and former WTVJ NBC 6 general manager





Maryln Llyanos, WSCV Telemundo 51 senior reporterMarilys Llanos, senior reporter for WSCV Telemundo 51







Nelly Rubio WFOR CBS 4 News MiamiNelly Rubio WFOR/WBFS Director of Community & Public Relations. She founded the station’s Neighbors 4 Neighbors non-profit organization after Hurricane Andrew struck South Florida.




Teresa Rodriguez Univision Aqui y AhoraTeresa Rodriguez co-anchor of Aqui y Ahora on Univision and the first woman to host a national prime-time Spanish-language newscast.





Kerry Weston WPLG Local 10 NewsKerry Weston WPLG Local 10 Assignment Desk planner







The event included a special appearance by the very young and fresh former WFOR reporter, and current ABC News reporter, Gio Benitez right from Dianne Sawyer’s seat

The awards were given out last evening during a formal reception at the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel.

Steve Shapiro WSVN sports director with WSVN sports reporter Donovan Campbell

Steve Shapiro WSVN sports director with WSVN sports reporter Donovan CampbellOver the weekend at a charity gala at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, WSVN Sports Director Steve Shapiro was honored with the Sonny Hirsch Excellence in Sports Broadcasting Award. The award honors “an outstanding sports broadcaster that has had a great impact in his field as well as his or her accomplishments within our community.”

The event, Call of the Game Dinner, organized by sports broadcasters Eric Reid and Tony Fiorentino, benefits Lauren’s Kids, an organization aimed at preventing child sexual abuse. And DSAF, the Dade Schools Athletic Foundation.

Steve Shapiro shared the moment with some of his WSVN colleagues. WSVN anchor Craig Stevens attended, along with meteorologist Vivian Gonzalez and her husband, WSVN Sr. Executive Producer Darcy Tannebaum, WSVN investigative producer Danny Cohen, and sports reporter Donovan Campbell and his wife.

Shapiro was among quite a company of honorees too. Miami Heat star LeBron James was awarded the Don Shula Sports Legend Award, Heat player James Jones received the Ted Arison Community Service Award, and former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was awarded the Jim Mandich Courage & Commitment Award, congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz accepted on her behalf.

Other local broadcasters to receive the Sonny Hirsch Excellence in Sports Broadcasting Award are WTVJ sports director Joe Rose in 2012, and Jim Mandich in 2011.


Some photos from the 2013 Suncoast Emmy awards, courtesy the Suncoast Chapter Flickr feed

WPLG meteorologist Trent Aric all smiles with his gold

WTVJ reporter Roxanne Vargas with husband:

WPLG meteorologist Trent Aric with WPLG weather producer Aliana Perez

L to R: WFOR CBS4 anchor/reporter Marybel Rodriguez

WSVN anchor Belkys Nerey took her fierce mom as a date to the Emmys:

WSVN anchors Mike Marza and Craig Stevens

L to R: WPLG reporter Ben Kenney, with we think Amanda Stanley and Matthew Fuhrman

L to R: WPTV investigative reporter Shannon Cake

All smiles with their gold – WPLG weather producer Aliana Perez with WPLG meteorologist Trent Aric

L to R: WPTV GM Steve Wasserman, WPTV news director Mike Garber, WPTV station manager Lloyd Bucher

WFOR investigative reporter Michelle Gillen, with former WFOR reporter Gio Benitez now reporting at ABC News

WPLG reporter Ben Kennedy

WFOR reporter David Sutta

Former WFOR reporter/anchor Jorge Estevez horsing around with his lady. He’s now at WFTV in Orlando.


It’s 2:13am and Belkys Nerey, Craig Stevens and Patrick Frazier along with Blake Burman have been on the air for 7 hours straight for election night coverage. Mike Marza who was at Romney camp in Boston signed off a bit earlier. WSVN are the only TV station in town not airing a network feed

Update: They signed off at 2:30am