Midday presents “The Way to 8-A,” a documentary sound portrait on the involuntary commitment to Hennepin County General Hospital's Ward 8-A, a psychiatric ward. Program looks at the people being committed, those doing the committing, the staff, and the entire process of involuntary commitment.
1979 George Foster Peabody Broadcasting Award
1979 United Press International-Minnesota Broadcasters Organization Radio and Television Outstanding Achievement Award, third place in Documentary category
1980 Major Armstrong Award Certificate of Merit
1980 Northwest Broadcast News Association Award for Broadcasting Excellence, second place in Documentary category
1979 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, Outstanding Coverage of the Problems of the Disadvantaged category
1980 Minnesota Page One Award, first place in Features category
1981 Ohio State Award, Public Affairs/Social Sciences in a Metropolitan City category