RTDNA has announced the winners of the 2017 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. The awards recognize the best electronic journalism produced by radio, television and digital news organizations around the world.
"Remarkable journalism is being done every day in newsrooms across this country," said RTDNA Chair Vincent Duffy. "We're proud to recognize the most outstanding ways journalists are keeping the public informed, holding the powerful accountable and enhancing the quality of life in their communities."
"Those who want proof of the important role journalists play in our society need only look at the work we highlight with the Edward R. Murrow Awards," added RTDNA Executive Director Mike Cavender. "This is where real news happens."
This year, RTDNA awarded 751 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in 16 categories, including Overall Excellence, Breaking News, Investigative Reporting, and Excellence in Innovation. RTDNA received nearly 4,300 entries during the 2017 awards season.
KUSA-TV in Denver was the top winner at the regional level, winning 12 awards in Large Market Television, including newscast, excellence in video, sound and writing, sports and overall excellence. New Orleans station WVUE was right on their heels with 11 awards, and KARE-TV in Minneapolis took home 10 regional Murrows.
In Small Market Television, three stations won 9 awards each: WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; WBIR in Knoxville, Tennessee; and WGME in Portland, Maine.
WBUR in Boston topped the Large Market Radio division, winning 10 regional Murrow Awards this year, including breaking news, investigative reporting and feature reporting. WLRN in Miami won 9 and KERA in Dallas won 8.
In Small Market Radio, KBIA in Columbia, Missouri dominated with 10 awards, including excellence in innovation, website and news documentary.
Among non-broadcast affiliated digital news organizations, The Texas Tribune was honored with 6 regional Murrow Awards, including excellence in social media, continuing coverage and overall excellence.
Regional winners automatically advance to the national Edward R. Murrow Awards competition, which will be judged in May. National awards, including those for network news organizations, large digital news organizations and for students, will be announced in June. The national awards are presented at the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala at Gotham Hall in New York City on October 9.
A complete list of the 2017 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards winners can be found here.
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