The Seattle and Des Moines, Iowa, stations join NBC and CBS as television overall excellence winners in the annual awards presented by the Radio-Television News Directors Association.
The Radio-Television News Directors Association today announced the 2009 National Edward R. Murrow Award winners. The awards honor excellence in electronic journalism.
NBC News earned five Murrow awards, including the award for Overall Excellence. CBS Evening News received the award for network newscast. 60 Minutes was honored in three categories: Hard News Feature, Feature Reporting and Investigative Reporting.
The awards will be presented at the RTNDA Awards Dinner on October 12, 2009, in New York.
To earn an Overall Excellence award, a station or network must consistently demonstrate depth and scope in its coverage. Overall Excellence award winners this year are:
- NBC News (network television)
- CBS Radio News (network radio)
- KIRO-TV Seattle (television, large market)
- KCCI-TV Des Moines, Iowa (television, small market)
- WTOP-FM Washington (radio, large market)
- WJBC-AM Bloomington, Ill. (radio, small market)
In all, 51 news organizations are being honored with 79 awards.
Awards for investigative reporting went to five news organizations whose work resulted in local and national policy changes. Three St. Louis area stations earned Murrow Awards. Nickelodeon won its first ever Murrow Award for Network News Documentary.
News coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and their impact at home was the subject of several entries and garnered Murrows in a variety of categories. The Murrow for sports reporting went to ESPN for its story of how a soldier’s love of soccer created a lasting legacy. NBC News coverage of U.S. forces at the front in Afghanistan was honored for continuing coverage.
In network radio, CBS News Radio won five awards, including its third consecutive award for Overall Excellence. The award for newscast went to ABC News Radio.
Visit RTNDA.org for the complete list of winners.