Special guests to present at sold-out Murrow Awards

October 18, 2018 11:00

The Radio Television Digital News Association has announced the final three presenters for the 2018 Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala, to be held Monday, October 22 at Gotham Hall in New York City. A sold-out crowd of nearly 500 news leaders will gather for the annual black-tie event to honor the world’s finest broadcast and digital journalists.
 
These 2018 presenters, along with Steven Portnoy – White House Correspondent, CBS News Radio; Leyla Santiago – Correspondent, CNN; Hansi Lo Wang – National Correspondent, NPR and Jerry Walsh – RTDNA Chair and Vice President of Local Content Development, Nexstar, will share duties announcing the national winners and presenting trophies to the winning news organizations. They include:
 
 
Michelle Miller – Co-Host, “CBS This Morning: Saturday”
 
Since joining CBS News in 2004, Michelle Miller has reported on many stories of national and international importance. She provided extensive coverage of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting death of Michael Brown, and covered the shooting at Chardon High School in Ohio; the 2004, 2008 and 2012 presidential elections; the death of Whitney Houston; the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's sinking; medical care for the rural poor in South Africa, and Hurricanes Sandy, Irene and Katrina. Her reporting has earned her several prestigious journalism awards including an Emmy for her series of reports on the National Guard's Youth Challenge Academy, an Edward R. Murrow for her coverage of a day care center stand-off in New Orleans, and she was part of the Alfred I. duPont – Columbia Award winning team for coverage the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting. Miller has earned a Salute to Excellence Award from NABJ and was voted Woman of the Year by the National Sports Foundation.
 
 
 
David Muir – Anchor and Managing Editor, ABC “World News Tonight with David Muir” and Co-Anchor, “20/20”
 
David Muir is an Emmy-award winning journalist for ABC News. For more than a decade, Muir has reported from international hotspots around the world including Tehran, Tahrir Square, Mogadishu, Gaza and Fukushima. Most recently, Muir landed the first interview with President Donald Trump after his inauguration. He also had the only interview with President Barack Obama during the former President’s historic trip to Cuba; the exclusive interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook amid the battle between Apple and the FBI over whether to unlock the San Bernardino killer’s iPhone; and the exclusive sit-down with Pope Francis inside the Vatican. Prior to joining ABC News, Muir distinguished himself as an award-winning anchor and correspondent for WCVB-TV in Boston. While in Boston, he was part of the team that received the regional Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting and Associated Press honors for his work tracing the path of the September 11th hijackers. His anchoring and reporting of breaking news in Boston earned top honors from the Associated Press.
 
 
 
Harry Smith – Senior Correspondent, NBC

One of television's most distinguished journalists, Harry Smith has been a news anchor for more than 30 years. Currently, his reports appear across all NBC News programs and platforms, including “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt,” “Dateline NBC,” and “TODAY.” Before joining NBC News in 2011, he hosted the CBS News morning shows "The Early Show" and its predecessor "CBS This Morning" for 17 years. Smith has interviewed world leaders from Barack Obama to Margaret Thatcher. He's reported from the Persian Gulf War, the Iraq War and the war in Bosnia. Smith reported live from Tahrir Square the night Hosni Mubarak fell from power and covered the revolution in Libya. Smith has also reported from disaster zones in the United States as well as Japan, Sri Lanka, Haiti and the Philippines. Smith has won several Emmy Awards and an Edward R. Murrow Award.
   
Since 1971, RTDNA has been honoring outstanding electronic journalism through the Edward R. Murrow Awards. In 2018, nearly 4,500 award entries were submitted. Judges selected winners from across the United States and from international entrants across the globe. This year’s Gala will be streamed live on the event's website at rtdnaedwardrmurrowawards.org.
 
RTDNA thanks the generous sponsors of the 2018 Edward R. Murrow Awards, including: CBS News, CNN, Hearst Television, TEGNA (Diamond Sponsors); ABC News, Netflix (Platinum Sponsors); CNN Newsource, Raycom Media, Youth Radio (Gold Sponsors); Charles Koch InstituteNBC News, Nexstar, NPR, Cox Media Group/WSB-TV, The Washington Post (Silver Sponsors); Stephen Arnold Music (Red Carpet Sponsor).

 


 


 
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