RTDNA has announced the presenters for its 2016 Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala, to be held in New York City on October 10. Among those presenting trophies to recognize work of the highest quality produced by radio, television and digital news organizations will be:
Lester Holt, NBC News
Lester Holt is an award-winning journalist and anchor of "NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt," the network's flagship broadcast and America's most-watched evening newscast. Holt was named to the role in June 2015 after eight years as anchor of "NBC Nightly News" weekend editions and 12 years as co-anchor of "Weekend TODAY." In addition, Holt has served as principal anchor of "Dateline NBC" since September 2011.
Aaron Katersky, ABC News Radio
Aaron Katersky is an award-winning ABC News correspondent based in New York, whose reporting has brought him from Baghdad to the Bronx, covering the world at all times for ABC News. Katersky is ABC News Radio's primary special events anchor and a contributor to the network’s investigative and justice units. He currently leads live coverage of the 2016 Presidential race.
Michael Oreskes, NPR News
Michael Oreskes is NPR's Senior Vice President of News and Editorial Director. He leads an award-winning team of journalists and seasoned newsroom executives who are committed to excellence, innovation and the highest quality reporting and multi-platform storytelling. Oreskes has 40 years of professional journalism experience, ranging from reporter to senior managing editor, and expertise in shepherding the transition of traditional media to multi-media enterprises.
Byron Pitts, ABC News
Byron Pitts was named ABC News "Nightline" co-anchor in 2014. Mr. Pitts joined ABC News in April 2013 as anchor and Chief National Correspondent covering national news stories and in-depth features for the network, reporting for all broadcasts and platforms including "Good Morning America," "World News with Diane Sawyer," "Nightline,This Week and 20/20. Pitts also reports for all ABC News digital properties including ABCNews.com.
Elaine Quijano, CBS News
Elaine Quijano is an anchor for CBSN, the CBS News 24-hour digital streaming network, and a correspondent for CBS News contributing to all CBS News broadcasts and platforms. In her role at CBSN, Quijano has anchored the streaming network’s coverage of primary, debate and political convention nights throughout the 2016 presidential campaign. Quijano anchors weekdays on CBSN as well as the Sunday edition of CBS Weekend News. Additionally, her reporting is regularly featured on CBS THIS MORNING and the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.
Vincent Duffy, RTDNA Chairman
Vincent Duffy is the current Chair of the Radio Television Digital News Association and News Director at Michigan Radio in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Duffy is serving his second term as Chairman of RTDNA. Michigan Radio has won multiple Edward R. Murrow Awards during his tenure.
This year, RTDNA awarded more than a hundred national Edward R. Murrow Awards in 13 categories including Feature Reporting, Hard News, Overall Excellence and more. RTDNA received more than 4,300 entries during the 2016 awards season, setting an all-time record for the fourth year in a row.
The event will be held at Gotham Hall on Broadway in New York on Monday, October 10 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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