Airmen based overseas did well in the broadcast portion of the Air Force’s 2008 Media Contest.
Tech. Sgt. Eric E. Kerr from AFN Benelux was named broadcast journalist of the year and Airman Lauren Lagudi from AFN Aviano was selected as outstanding new broadcaster.
Airmen based in Europe or the Pacific took first place in eight of the 15 broadcast categories, but didn’t capture any firsts in print journalism or photography. The winners in each category will compete with victors from the other services in the upcoming Thomas Jefferson awards.
First-place winners based overseas are: Staff Sgt. Trever Pedro, AFN Naples (radio entertainment program, radio feature report); Airman 1st Class Caitlin Jones, AFN Aviano (radio spot production); Staff Sgt. Todd Kabalan, AFN Aviano (radio news report, television newsbreak); Airman 1st Class John R. Archiquette, Kadena, Japan (radio sports report); Kerr, AFN Benelux (radio newscast) and Senior Airman George Solis, AFN Naples (television spot production).