Grand Rapids, MI - WZZM 13 Sports Reporter, Tom Clyde has been awarded the prestigious Regional Murrow Award for a story called "For the Love of the Game".
The piece originally aired in June of 2010 and centers on the Tony Comden family of Zeeland, Michigan and their struggle to help their young son Jed recover from a brain tumor. The focus of the story is the tiny boy's joy at Tee-Ball and being coached by his dad. There is seldom a dry eye when you witness the small child, still in braces, running to first base with his walker as the crowd stands to cheer!
"This award reflects our commitment to bringing viewers heartwarming stories about people who inspire us," said Janet Mason, WZZM 13 President and General Manager.
This award is especially coveted because winners are chosen by a panel of New Directors from the Radio and Television News Directors Association, (RTNDA) a particularly discriminate and difficult peer group to capture lingering attention from and impress. RTNDA awarded 540 regional honors nationwide last year and only 79 of those candidates moved on to win national recognition. RTNDA has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971.
WZZM 13 News Director, Stanton Tang says "The Murrow award is an incredible honor for Tom Clyde and it reflects the work our sports staff has been undertaking to evolve our coverage from simple game highlights to great sports reporting across West Michigan".
Clyde will compete in his category with other journalists from Midwest Region 7 including submissions from many markets in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio for a National Edward R. Murrow Honor. Those results will be announced in June.
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