NEWS RELEASE June 13, 2012
Contact: Betsy Robertson
Community Relations Manager
SEATTLE—The KING 5 Investigator’s unit has completed the cycle of national journalism awards by receiving a Peabody Award, a duPont Award, and now two national Edward R. Murrow Awards.
One of the Murrow awards, which is given by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), is for KING 5’s efforts in continuing coverage for the Bully with a Badge series of stories. Reporter Linda Byron, executive producer Kellie Cheadle and photojournalist Steve Douglas spent weeks investigating a King County sheriff’s deputy who remained on the job despite more than two dozen misconduct violations.
The second Murrow was awarded to KING 5 in the documentary category for Climb of a Lifetime, a program focused on the literal climb of Mt. Rainier’s 14,410 feet and a figurative climb out of homelessness and addiction by a group of homeless addicts. Reporter John Sharify and photojournalist Doug Burgess produced the documentary.
The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession. Overall, RTDNA is honoring 67 news organizations with 99 national awards this year.
In addition, KING 5 received Regional Murrow Awards for Overall Excellence, Hard News, Feature Reporting and Website. Since April, the station has been presented with an international Peabody Award for its investigative series, Their Crime, Your Dime; a National Headliner Award for Public Service for the same series and for Feature, Sports or Human Interest for A Family’s Courage; 27 Regional Emmy® Awards; and three 1st place awards in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Northwest Excellence in Journalism competition. In 2010 the KING 5 Investigators received the prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award for Waste on the Water, a series of reports detailing mismanagement within the Washington state ferry system.
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