April 12, 2012
Contact: Betsy Robertson, Community Relations Manager
Station Receives Six Regional Murrows, the Most Awarded in a Five-State Region
SEATTLE—KING 5 News has received the Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for “Overall Excellence” conferred by the Radio Television Digital News Association, the world's largest professional organization exclusively serving the electronic news profession. This marks the third year in a row the station has received this honor, bringing the total to seven times in the last nine years.
The station’s online presence, KING5.com also garnered top honors as the region’s best website, which it has received the last three years and four of the last six.
In addition, the station received Regional Murrow Awards in the following categories: “Continuing Coverage,” “Hard News,” “Feature Reporting” and “Documentary.” Six is the most awards received by any station in the region comprising Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.
In bestowing the Overall Excellence award, judges consider a station’s depth and scope, including its newscasts, breaking news stories, continuing coverage, features, documentaries and presence in the community. “This annual award truly reflects the daily commitment by everyone on our team,” says Pat Costello, vice president and station manager of KING 5. “It recognizes our work on air, online and in the community year-round.”
The Regional Murrow for excellence in Continuing Coverage was awarded to Bully with a Badge, an investigative story about a sheriff’s deputy who had more than two dozen misconduct violations in two years. Reporter Linda Byron, executive producer Kellie Cheadle and photojournalist Steve Douglas worked on the series.
Amanda Knox-One Moment was awarded the Regional Murrow for Hard News. The story captured the emotions leading to one moment that was four years in the making: the moment a college student convicted of murdering her roommate in Italy won her appeal and was freed from prison. Reporter Joe Fryer and photojournalist Jeff Christian worked on the series.
The Feature Reporting Regional Murrow was presented to A Family’s Courage, which chronicled the special bond formed between a photographer and family brought together by tragic loss. Reporter Joe Fryer and photojournalist Matt Mrozinski worked on the series.
Climb of a Lifetime, featuring 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, received the Regional Murrow in the Documentary category. Reporter John Sharify and photojournalist Doug Burgess worked on the series.
These regional honors, which move on to national competition, are in addition to three prestigious awards KING 5 has received this month. On April 4 the station was presented a Peabody Award for its investigative series, Their Crime, Your Dime. On April 9 the same series received a National Headliner Award for “Public Service,” as did A Family’s Courage for “Feature, Sports or Human Interest.”
The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Murrow's pursuit of excellence in journalism embodies the spirit of the awards that carry his name. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession.
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