The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) announced the 2011 regional winners of the Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in electronic journalism. KIRO-FM Seattle and South Dakota Public Radio in Vermillion, SD, both led the entire field with nine Murrows each in 2011.
In the large market television category KUSA-TV Denver led the way with eight Murrows. In the small market television category WGRZ-TV Buffalo, NY and WSAV-TV Savannah, GA both won seven Murrows, leading the category.
“Every year, these awards exemplify the high standard of journalism that Edward R. Murrow set for our industry. His legacy is more than evident in each of the winning entries, which represent the best work and the best journalists in our field. This is always a great day for RTDNA,” said RTDNA Chairman Mark Kraham.
This year RTDNA judges awarded 600 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in 14 categories, including Overall Excellence, Breaking News, Investigative Reporting, and Website. Awards are broken up by medium (radio, television, online) and by market size (small and large.) The regional winners are automatically entered for the national competition.
RTDNA received more than 3,000 entries during the 2011 awards season, eclipsing 2010 by over 300 entries.
RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Murrow Awards since 1971. Radio, television and online news managers from markets across the country judged the entries in March and April.