RTDNA has announced the presenters for its 2015 Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala, to be held in New York City on October 12. Among those presenting trophies to recognize work of the highest quality produced by radio, television and digital news organizations will be:
Tamron Hall, MSNBC
Tamron Hall is the co-host of the third hour of NBC’s “TODAY” and anchor of “MSNBC Live with Tamron Hall.” Tamron also served as correspondent of the NBC News special “The Inauguration of Barack Obama,” which won an Emmy for Outstanding Live Coverage in October 2010. Prior to joining MSNBC in July 2007, Tamron spent 10 years at WFLD in Chicago, where she held a number of positions including general assignment reporter, consumer reporter and host of the three-hour “Fox News in the Morning” program. She also anchored the weekday mornings and served as a noon anchor. Before joining WFLD, Tamron spent four years as a general assignment reporter at KTVT in Dallas. She began her broadcasting career at KBTX in Bryan, Texas, as a general assignment reporter and holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from Temple University.
Steve Kathan, CBS Radio News
Steve Kathan joined CBS Radio News in 1987 as a news writer, producing "The World News Roundup" and other broadcasts. He worked behind-the-scenes at political conventions, the 1991 London Economic Summit and the 1992 Clinton Inaugural. His work on a "20th Century World News Roundup" segment won him a Writer's Guild of America Award. In 1997, Kathan put editorial duties aside to anchor hourly newscasts, updates and special events coverage. In 2003, Kathan was first on the air with the reports of Saddam Hussein's capture in Iraq. CBS Radio News coverage of that story won an Edward R. Murrow Award. His "World News Roundup" broadcast on the morning after the 2006 midterm elections won a National Headliner Award for Best Newscast. In all, Kathan’s World News Roundup broadcast has won four Edward R. Murrow awards for Best Newscast.
David Muir, ABC News
David Muir is an Emmy Award-winning journalist who anchors the flagship ABC News broadcast “World News Tonight with David Muir” and co-anchors the ABC newsmagazine “20/20.” He led the reporting from the scene of the tornadoes in Moore, Oklahoma for which the team was honored with the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award. Overseas, Muir gained rare access to the streets of Tehran leading up to the nuclear talks and he was the first American journalist to report from Mogadishu, Somalia on the worst famine of a generation, coming under fire while reporting from the war-torn city. He earned an Edward R. Murrow Award for his reports. Previously, Muir served as principal substitute anchor for “World News with Diane Sawyer,” lead correspondent on the 2012 Presidential election, anchor of the overnight news program “World News Now,” and has anchored and reported from the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver and the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Prior to joining ABC News, Muir was an anchor and correspondent for WCVB-TV in Boston and an anchor and reporter at WTVH-TV in Syracuse, New York.
Barry Petersen, CBS News
Barry Petersen has been called one of CBS News' most experienced correspondents. His stories have been datelined from virtually every continent in a career that spans more than three decades. Petersen is currently based in Denver, Colo., where he reports for the "CBS Evening News" "and "CBS Sunday Morning." Until September 2009, he was based in both the CBS News Tokyo and Beijing Bureaus, commuting between and living in both cities. His coverage of the Bosnian war won an Emmy award for "The Siege of Sarajevo" on CBS Sunday Morning. He has also won an Emmy for a 1996 series for the CBS Evening News on American adopted Vietnamese orphans who were returning to visit their homeland for the first time. Petersen was part of the CBS News team covering the student uprising and government crackdown in Tiananmen Square that was honored with an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award and a George Foster Peabody Award.
Ray Suarez, Al Jazeera America
Ray Suarez hosts Inside Story on Al Jazeera America. He came to the network from PBS’ NewsHour, where he worked from 1999 to 2013, most recently as its chief national correspondent. He hosted National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation for six years before joining PBS. Ray also spent seven years reporting for Chicago’s NBC-owned station WMAQ-TV. Suarez began his career as a Los Angeles correspondent for CNN, a producer for the ABC Radio Network in New York and a reporter for CBS Radio in Rome. In 2010 Suarez was inducted into the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Hall of Fame. He is a co-recipient of two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Awards for NPR’s on-site coverage of the first multi-racial elections in South Africa and of the first 100 days of the 104th Congress.
Kathy Walker, KOA-AM and RTDNA Chair
Kathy Walker is the current Chair of the Radio Television Digital News Association and News Director of KOA-AM in Denver, Colorado. A graduate of Colorado State University-Pueblo, she has held nearly every job in the news department at KOA and has been News Director for more than ten years. In her tenure, KOA has won multiple awards, including the regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in Large Market Radio.
This year, RTDNA awarded 104 national Edward R. Murrow Awards in 13 categories including Feature Reporting, Hard News, Overall Excellence and more. RTDNA received more than 4,200 entries during the 2015 awards season, setting an all-time record for the third year in a row.
"We are honored to have such a distinguished group of presenters," said Mike Cavender, Executive Director of RTDNA. "We're sure the occasion will be memorable for each winner as they receive their trophy on stage."
The event will be held at Gotham Hall on Broadway in New York on Monday, October 12 and will be live streamed on the event website beginning at 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT: rtdnaedwardrmurrowawards.org, which also includes information about sponsorships, tickets and more.
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