Silver Dome Tom

WLPO news reporter Tom Henson shows off awards he and news director Jeremy Aitken earned from the Illinois Broadcasters Association

On Thursday, the Illinois Broadcasters Association announced the WLPO news team had earned 2020 Silver Dome Awards for Best Newscast and Best Hard News Story among small-market radio stations across the state. The team, led by News Director Jeremy Aitken, picked up one award for best newscast for the weekday morning news. Tom Henson earned the Best Hard News Story honor for last year's look at the local sex trade in "Valley of Shadows: Emily's Story." Tom also scored a Broadcast Excellence Award for his light-news feature on last year's wine festival at Matthiessen State Park. "For more than 70 years, WLPO has been the news voice of Starved Rock Country," said John Spencer, owner of Starved Rock Media. "Our newsroom -- which includes John Small and Chris Yucus -- deserves these hard-earned honors. I feel privileged to work with these talented, professional journalists."

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