(Palm Beach, FL) On Thursday afternoon, WMBB News 13 reporter Peyton LoCicerowas named as the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Dick Fletcher Excellence in Media Award, for her coverage of Hurricanes Irma, Nate and most importantly, her coverage of catastrophic Hurricane Michael before, during and after the storm devastated the majority of WMBB’s viewing area, along Florida’s Panhandle. These efforts, along with her ability to “rally” and motivate the surrounding communities to help those in need, after the storm, provided critical help and resources, to those hit hardest. Ms. LoCicero was nominated by Walton County Emergency Management Director Jeff Goldberg and Public Information Officer Louis E. Svehla. The award was presented to her at the National Governor’s Hurricane Conference in Palm Beach.
“Meteorologists, newscasters and news organizations from across the state of Florida, were nominated for this honor, making the entire WMBB news team proud that our own, Walton/Okaloosa county reporter, Peyton LoCicero WMBB, was chosen as the 2019 Dick Fletcher Excellence in Media award winner. Peyton single-handedly represented WMBB during Hurricane Michael, when we physically couldn’t,” said Tom Lewis, WMBB News Director.
In the nomination, Svehla and Godlberg commended Ms. LoCicero for her “outstanding efforts to educate and inform the public about hurricanes, hurricane preparedness, response, and recovery in the state of Florida. Ms. LoCicero demonstrated exceptional skills as a broadcast journalist, by communicating information during a catastrophic national weather event, by making it understandable to the layperson, with an on air persona that exudes confidence and creates an atmosphere of trust with all of her audience, while providing life-saving information.”