Newspro: Edward R. Murrow Awards

Newspro: Edward R. Murrow Awards

Across the Board
The Radio-Television News Directors Association gathers Oct. 13 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York to present the 2008 Edward R. Murrow Awards. In addition to recipients of the 38th Murrow Awards, winners of the RTNDA/Unity Awards—which acknowledge news organizations’ commitment to covering issues of diversity in their communities—will be honored. Out of an initial pool of 3,459 entries, 54 news organizations are being honored with 77 awards... On Page 13 and On Page 19

  • ABC Leads Way at Murrows
    ABC News has a lot to celebrate when it comes to the 2008 Edward R. Murrow Awards. The organization will take home six of the 12 broadcast honors being handed out in the national television network and syndication categories, including the top award for overall excellence. ABC also will take home the prizes for hard news feature, investigative reporting, news documentary, spot news coverage and videography... On Page 14
  • Writer Lets Images Speak
    When the first Edward R. Murrow Award for writing was presented in 1999, NBC News’ Bob Dotson took it home. In subsequent years, the 34-year NBC veteran has won two more Murrows in the category and this year he is back again, for his work on “Today’s” “American Story,” bringing his total to four... On Page 14
  • Web Site Builds Identity
    In the short life of the TV station Web site, CBSNews.com has excelled in representing the network in the virtual world. Originally launched in January 1998 as CBS.com, CBSNews.com got its own identity in 2000. “It really helped,” said CBSNews.com VP and executive producer Michael Sims. “We rebuilt and hit the election campaign 2000 very strongly. We ramped up for political coverage and that really started us down the road”... On Page 16
  • Iraq Colors CBS’ Coverage
    CBS News’ wins at this year’s Murrow Awards highlight the journalist’s grit, dedication and persistence behind the year’s best reported stories. Kimberly Dozier came back from a serious injury while on assignment in Iraq to report “The Way Home,” a powerful piece in which she talks with two women in the military who suffered life-changing war injuries. In “Boots on the Ground,” reporter Lara Logan digs in to the reality of soldiers’ lives in Iraq. Katie Couric’s hard-hitting reporting on “The CBS Evening News” has illuminated breaking news every day... On Page 16
  • ‘SportsCenter’ Goes Behind Game
    It was a story with a lot of substance bubbling beneath the surprising headline that former tennis great Andrea Jaeger had become a nun, a story that piqued the interest of ESPN producer Martin Khodabakhshian. He and “SportsCenter” correspondent Tom Rinaldi will be honored with an Edward R. Murrow Award in the category of sports reporting for their piece “Sister Andrea Jaeger”... On Page 17
  • Komo Gets Hyper-Local
    Advocacy journalism is the mantra of Seattle’s KOMO-TV, the ABC affiliate owned by Fisher Communications, which is the winner of the Murrow Award for large-market overall excellence. Under news director Holly Gauntt, who arrived in February 2007, the station, with a slogan of “Working 4 You,” has ramped up its signature “Problem Solvers” franchise, said Jim Clayton, the station’s vice president and general manager. He himself arrived in Seattle two years ago, after a stint at the Fox-owned WNYW and WWOR in New York... On Page 18
  • Bringing Story Home
    It was a tragedy that many viewers of ESPN’s Spanish-language network Deportes are too young to remember. In 1972, a plane carrying members of Uruguay’s rugby team to a match crashed in Argentina’s Andes Mountains. Only 16 of the 45 people on board survived the accident, and then spent 72 days battling their injuries, along with dehydration, hunger and frostbite, in the inhospitable high-altitude climate before they were rescued... On Page 18
  • Offering a Fresh Perspective
    This year’s Unity Award winners all come from correspondents who were looking beyond the usual news and ways of telling stories. “Children of the Storm,” the network TV category winner, was born out of CNN anchor/special correspondent Soledad O’Brien’s middle-of-the-night brainstorm about a compelling new way to approach the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina... On Page 20
  • Listening to Locals
    WJAR-TV NBC Channel 10, owned by Media General, serves the Providence, R.I.-New Bedford, Mass. area, the nation’s 51st-largest market. With General Manager Lisa Churchville and News Director Betty Jo Cugini at the helm, the station focuses on news and public affairs coverage in a way that maximizes its impact on the community... On Page 20