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Ann Curry Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award from LA Press Club

NBC-annCurryNBC News anchor Ann Curry received The Joseph M. Quinn Award For Lifetime Achievement in Journalistic Excellence last night from the LA Press Club. Curry was honored along with Michael Bloomberg and Mathew Winkler of Bloomberg News, both of whom accepted the President’s Award for Impact on Media, and Maria Shriver who received the Public Service Award.

Curry worked as a reporter at KCBS in Los Angeles from 1984-1990. In her acceptance speech Curry talked about keeping TV news “pure.”

This new generation wants to laugh at hysterical YouTube videos, who doesn’t? But they also want journalism to be relevant, fathomless, and fearless and most of all, pure. Free from influences and motivations about things like where the money is coming from. So, while a lot is changing some things will remain, including that our credibility will be only as strong as the wall between the reporters and advertising.

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‘Good Morning America’ Wins Outstanding Morning Program at Daytime Emmys

Emmys“Good Morning America” took home top morning show honors at last night’s 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Beverly Hills.

The ABC morning show won outstanding morning program, beating NBC’s “Today,” “CBS This Morning,” and “CBS Sunday Morning.” ABC correspondent Nick Watt accepted on “GMA’s” behalf.

And as her now former syndicated talk show recently wrapped production, Katie Couric tied for best talk show host with Dr. Mehmet Oz. “The Ellen Degeneres Show” won for outstanding entertainment talk show, beating out “The View” in Barbara Walters‘ final season as co-host.

Kathy Griffin hosted the awards show, which was not televised on TV this year, but was streamed on the Daytime Emmy Awards website. The Hollywood Reporter has the full list of winners.

Journalism Awards for Gwen Ifill, Louisa Reynolds

  • PBS Newshour co-anchor Gwen Ifill will receive the 2013 Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in Journalism Monday at the Newseum. The award will be presented during the 2014 Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference which brings together 51 high school students from around the country for discussions with leading government, legal and journalism figures.

  • The International Women’s Media Foundation has selected Louisa Reynolds, an independent journalist based in Guatemala City, as the 2014-15 IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow. Reynolds is the tenth recipient of the annual fellowship, which gives a woman journalist the opportunity to develop expertise while focusing on human rights journalism and social justice issues.

David Bloom’s Daughter Following in Late Father’s Footsteps

Bloom DaughtersAt the Congressional Radio and TV Correspondents dinner last night, David Bloom‘s three daughters presented the annual award memorializing their father, the late NBC News anchor who died while covering the Iraq War in 2003.

And while he’s been gone for over a decade, one of David’s daughters is carrying on her father’s journalism legacy in her own way.

CNN reporter Lisa Desjardins introduced Bloom’s daughters, announcing that one of his twins, Nicole (pictured in the middle of the three), is following in dad’s footsteps: she’s co-anchoring her college’s morning news show while double majoring in performing arts and journalism. Her twin sister, Christine, is an economics double major at her school. The youngest Bloom, Ava, is about to enter high school.

Bloom’s daughters presented the award named for him to UK Channel 4′s Olly Lambert for his reporting inside Syria. FishbowlDC reports on the other winners, which include ABC News.

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CBS, ABC, NBC Among 2014 Murrow Award Winners

murrows-2014With eight overall awards, CBS News led the way in the RTDNA’s 2014 Edward R. Murrow Awards.

The Overall Excellence award, which last year went to Vancouver, BC’s Global News, was awarded to ABC News.

“CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” won best newscast, feature reporting, and writing. “60 Minutes” won best investigative reporting for its “lethal medicine” report, which examined a steroid that spurred a deadly outbreak of meningitis.

The CBS newsmagazine also won best news series for its Guantanamo Bay report, where Lesley Stahl was granted rare access to the prison camp. The network also won three radio awards.

In addition to top honors, ABC News won best continuing coverage for its Oklahoma tornado coverage. The network also won in the hard news reporting category, recognized for “Nightline’s” “Raid in the Philippines” reporting, which investigated underage trafficking and prostitution in Subic Bay. ABC also won two radio awards, including for overall excellence.

NBC News won best breaking news coverage for its Boston Marathon bombing reporting. “Dateline” was recognized for best use of sound and video for its “Into the Death Zone” report which followed three young people trying to conquer Everest.

TVSpy reports on the regional award winners.

When Barbara Walters Misses ‘The View,’ She Thinks of Margaret Thatcher

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Barbara Walters admits, “I still have the feeling sometimes when I’m watching ‘The View,’ ‘I should be there! I should be participating…’ and then I think of Margaret Thatcher.”

Walters, honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Quinnipiac University Fred Friendly committee, reflected on a 1997 interview with Britain’s longest-serving prime minister, seven years after she resigned from office. Thatcher described her frantic, frenetic days, until one day she realized, “it’s no longer me anymore.”

“That’s the feeling I got this morning when I watched ‘The View,’” Walters joked.

Walters, who stepped aside from hosting the daytime show last month, remains an executive producer. She still has her office at ABC News headquarters, which now bears her name. And her resignation — she used air quotes around the word today — has already been interrupted. As we first told you yesterday, she’ll fly to California in the coming weeks to interview Peter Rodger, the father of Isla Vista killer Elliot Rodger.

Among those celebrating along with Walters: ABC’s Elizabeth Vargas and David Muir, ABC News president James Goldston, and executives Barbara Fedida, Susan Mercandetti and Jeffrey Schneider. From CBS, Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell and Troy Roberts, from FNC, Bill O’Reilly, Bill Hemmer and former anchor Alisyn Camerota and from CNN Christine Romans and Richard Roth.

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Barbara Walters to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Barbara WaltersThe Barbara Walters send-off continues. On Tuesday, Quinnipiac University will present a Lifetime Achievement Award to the veteran journalist at the university’s annual Fred Friendly First Amendment Award luncheon.

This is just the second time the Lifetime Achievement Award is being presented. It was awarded to first amendment attorney Floyd Abrams, father of ABC’s Dan Abrams, in 2008.

“We are presenting the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award to Barbara Walters for a very simple reason,” says Lee Kamlet, dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac. “She epitomizes the characteristics we want our students to develop: an endless curiosity, the pursuit of knowledge and truth, regardless of whether it’s in an interview with a president, a pop star, or a person suspected of a crime, and a willingness to work harder than the next 10 competitors.”

The School of Communications has presented the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award, bearing the name of the former CBS News president, since 1994.

Previous recipients include Dan Rather, Lesley Stahl, Ted Koppel, Tom Brokaw, Robert MacNeil, Jim Lehrer, Christiane Amanpour, Tim Russert, Bob Schieffer, Charles Gibson, Morley Safer, Gwen Ifill, Martha Raddatz and Scott Pelley.

Robin Roberts to Receive 2014 Cronkite Award

RobinRobertsRobin Roberts is the 2014 recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, Arizona State University announced today.

“I’m truly humbled to join the list of remarkable journalists who have received the Walter Cronkite Award,” said Roberts. “I’m honored to be selected and look forward to spending time with the students at Arizona State University.”

Roberts, the co-anchor of “Good Morning America,” will accept the 31st annual award, at a luncheon ceremony Oct. 6 in Phoenix.

CBS’s Bob Schieffer was presented last year’s Cronkite award. Brian Williams, was the 2009 honoree, while Diane Sawyer accepted it the following year in 2010.

Jake Tapper Honored With 2014 Patriot Award

Jake-Tapper-CNN-2CNN’s Jake Tapper is among the recipients of 2014 Congressional Medal of Honor Society Patriot Awards.

Other honorees are Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, CBS Golf Commentator David Feherty, and actor Mark Wahlberg.

“As a convention committee, we nominated all awardees last year and are thrilled they have been approved by the Society’s board of directors for their outstanding achievements within their fields and for their commitments to the US military,” said Joe Thompson, co-chairman of the Knoxville Medal of Honor Convention Committee.

Tapper will be honored with a “Tex” McCrary Award for Excellence in Journalism, with special recognition for his book “The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor,” which tells the story of a deadly American battle in Afghanistan.

The awards will be handed out in September at a convention in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Charlie Rose on ‘CBS This Morning’: ‘We Have the Things That Matter’

CBS This Morning's Charlie RoseCharlie Rose thinks “CBS This Morning” has the right ingredients to continue its momentum among the morning shows.

“We have the things that matter,” Rose told TVNewser at yesterday’s Peabody Awards ceremony, where he was awarded for his 2013 interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“We have a great production team, we’ve got things that the audience likes, in terms of the ‘Eye Opener,’ in terms of the way the set works.”

Rose also highlighted other important aspects of the show’s success, starting with his co-hosts Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell.

“I sit next to two very bright and smart women, and the chemistry between all three of us is very good. And we’ve been able to take advantage of all of the capacity of CBS News as an organization, and as individuals, for great storytelling.”

“All of that, I think, has given us the kind of momentum we have,” Rose added.

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