RTDNA is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 National Murrow Awards. From more than 4,600 entries, these awards recognize 100 local and network radio, television and digital news organizations for 122 examples of outstanding journalism in 16 categories. The winners at the national level also include Student Murrow Awards in five categories of audio, video and digital reporting.
From excellence in technical aspects of multimedia news to innovation, engagement and investigation, these pieces exemplify the best of broadcast and digital journalism today.
“The RTDNA National Edward R. Murrow Awards recognize local and national news stories that uphold our Code of Ethics, demonstrate technical expertise and exemplify the importance and impact of journalism as a service to the community,” said Dan Shelley, RTDNA Executive Director. “Winning a Murrow Award means that a news organization has provided exemplary public service to its viewers, listeners and readers.”
In its biggest win since 2016, ABC News has achieved Overall Excellence in the network television category.
WTOP-FM, Washington D.C. repeats its 2018 win for Overall Excellence in large market radio, while Vermont Public Radio clinches the spot for small market radio.
In the Television categories, Overall Excellence awards go to KMGH-TV, Denver, for large market television and KRDO-TV, Colorado Springs, for small market television.
For Overall Excellence among digital news organization entrants, The Seattle Times and The Texas Tribune are 2019’s winners for large and small outlets, respectively. The Texas Tribune also has four wins in the Breaking News Coverage, Continuing Coverage, Excellence in Social Media and Hard News categories.
Taking home the most national awards this year is CBS News, with an Overall Excellence award in the network radio category, and seven wins across radio for Breaking News Coverage and Newscast, and, in network television, Excellence in Writing, Feature Reporting, Hard News, Investigative Reporting and News Documentary.
Five student news organizations from four schools have earned Student Murrow Awards this year, including USC Annenberg Media in the Audio and Video Newscast categories, Montclair State University for Video Reporting, News21 - Walter Cronkite School of Journalism for Digital Reporting and Elissa Candiotti of NCC News, Syracuse University for Audio Reporting. The students covered important stories including the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, the Thousand Oaks shooting, racism and hate crimes and California wildfires.
"These winning pieces from news organizations large and small have educated, uplifted, inspired, uncovered and enlightened,” added Shelley. "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."
The national awards will be presented October 14, 2019, at the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala at Gotham Hall in New York City.
RTDNA is the world’s largest professional organization devoted exclusively to broadcast and digital journalism. Members include local and network news executives, news directors, producers, reporters, photographers, editors, multimedia journalists and digital news professionals in broadcasting, cable and digital media, as well as journalism educators and students. Founded as a grassroots organization in 1946, RTDNA works to protect the rights of broadcast and digital journalists in the courts and legislatures throughout the country, promotes ethical standards in the industry, provides members with training and education and honors outstanding work in the profession through the Edward R. Murrow Awards. The Association's members help shape the future of the journalism profession as we protect their interests by advocating on their behalf and lobbying in their interest. We defend the First Amendment, advocate for open government and freedom of information, and promote diversity in newsroom staffing and coverage.