The Radio Television Digital News Association has presented the 2016 National Edward R. Murrow Awards, which recognize work of the highest quality produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world, at its annual Awards Gala in New York City.
RTDNA awarded 103 national Edward R. Murrow Awards in 13 categories including Feature Reporting, Hard News, Overall Excellence and more. RTDNA received more than 4,300 entries during the 2016 awards season, setting an all-time record for the fourth year in a row.
Brent Ashcroft accepted the award for his story -- Big Ann. It was about a former Ada student-athlete Anna Lee Konsoer-Rose. She fought a debilitating and rare cyst growing up her spine, but managed to briefly overcome the health crisis last year to return to the court and lead the Forest Hills Eastern basketball team to the playoffs.
Congratulations to Brent and former WZZM 13 photographer Andy Sugden.
For the third year in a row, ABC News Radio and ABC News television both won the Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence at the network level.
To receive an Overall Excellence award, a news organization must exemplify the highest standards in serving its audience through quality electronic or digital journalism.
Overall Excellence award winners in 2016 are:
- ABC News, New York (Network Television)
- ABC News Radio, New York (Network Radio)
- The Washington Post, Washington, DC (Large Online News Organization)
- Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting (Small Online News Organization)
- CTV Vancouver, Vancouver, AB (Large Market Television)
- WISC-TV, Madison, WI (Small Market Television)
- Minnesota Public Radio, St. Paul, MN (Large Market Radio)
- WDEL-AM/FM, Wilmington, DE (Small Market Radio)
In the network television division, HBO won a Murrow in the Documentary category for its Oscar-winning feature Citizenfour. In the Small Online News Organization division, Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting took home a remarkable quintuple win by taking awards for Overall Excellence, Continuing Coverage, Feature Reporting, Documentary, and Website. In Large Market Television, WXIA-WATL-TV in Atlanta scored a triple win for Continuing Coverage, Investigative Reporting and Writing. In Small Market Television, WVUE-TV in New Orleans had a double win for Series and Use of Video. In Small Market Radio, WITF-FM in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania had a double win for for Hard News and Use of Sound. And in the Large Market Radio division, three stations had double wins: WLRN-FM in Miami, WBUR-FM in Boston and WAMU-FM in Washington, DC.
Presenters for the event at New York's Gotham Hall, which drew a crowd of more than 400 people, included NBC's Lester Holt, ABC News Radio's Aaron Katersky, NPR's Michael Oreskes, ABC's Byron Pitts, CBS' Elaine Quijano and RTDNA Chairman Vincent Duffy.
A complete list of winners with links to the winning entries, along with complete coverage of the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala can be found at rtdnaedwardrmurrowawards.org.