Hurricane Katrina coverage garners multiple honors; awards to be presented on Oct. 16 at ceremonies in New York.
The Radio-Television News Directors Association today announced the winners of the 2006 Edward R. Murrow Awards, honoring excellence in electronic journalism.
Hurricane Katrina coverage was singled out for awards to several stations in the Gulf area including WWL-TV and WWL-AM in New Orleans and WLOX-TV Biloxi, Miss. Networks too were honored for their coverage of the storm and its aftermath.
In the television network category, NBC News won six awards, including one for overall excellence. Other television network winners included CNN and ESPN with two awards each. ABC News, Univision and CTV each won one.
In the radio network category, CBS Radio News and ABC News Radio led the way with four awards each.
In all, 55 news organizations won 80 awards out of an initial pool of 3,723 entries from 568 news organizations.
To earn an Overall Excellence award, a station or network must consistently demonstrate depth and scope in its coverage. Overall Excellence award winners are:
- NBC News (network television)
- KING-TV Seattle (large-market television).
- KATV-TV Little Rock, Ark. (small-market television)
- ABC News Radio (network radio)
- KCBS-AM San Francisco (large-market radio)
- WATD-FM Marshfield, Mass. (small-market radio)
Several stations won multiple awards. They are:
- KCBS-AM San Francisco (overall excellence, use of sound, Web site, writing)
- WWL-AM New Orleans (newscast, continuing coverage, investigative reporting)
- KIRO-AM Seattle (hard news feature, news series, sports reporting)
- KARE-TV Minneapolis (sports reporting, writing)
- KHOU-TV Houston (investigative reporting, hard news feature)
- WMSI-FM/WQJQ-FM Jackson, Miss. (hard news feature, use of sound)
- WTOP-AM-FM Washington (feature reporting, spot news coverage)
The awards will be presented at the RTNDA Awards Dinner on Oct. 16 in New York. Visit http://www.rtnda.org/asfi/awards/murrowshow2006.shtml for the complete list of winners.