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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.

Anthony Bourdain’s Peabody Award for Making ‘Some Pretty Strange and Fun Television’

BrokawPeabodyAnthony Bourdain is grateful for the Peabody Award which was presented to his CNN show “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” today. But he tells TVNewser he leaves the programming, ratings and other network matters to others.

“I’m grateful that, for whatever reason, CNN has chosen to allow us the budget, the resources, and the support to go out and make some pretty strange and fun television,” Bourdain told TVNewser on the red carpet of the 73rd annual ceremony this afternoon. “Who’s watching it, whether males, 25-30, I frankly just don’t much give a f*ck.”

“I make the show. I’m glad that anyone’s looking at it,” said Bourdain, who is among several hosts taking over CNN’s 9pm timeslot starting tonight.

“CBS This Morning” co-anchor Charlie Rose also took home a Peabody Award for his interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“This was the height of a very big story,” Rose said about his September interview which took place two weeks after a deadly chemical weapons attack in Damascus. “This was a man who thought at anytime, the Americans, along with their allies, might make a decision to attack.”

Tom Brokaw, who also spoke with us about his battle with cancer, accepted his personal Peabody on behalf of hundreds of others over the years who’ve helped him report meaningful TV from around the world. “I had wonderful colleagues, some of who are no longer with us unfortunately,” Brokaw told us. “You don’t do this on your own. You get to where you are when

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Tom Brokaw on Cancer: ‘I’ve Approached It Both in Human Terms and As a Journalist’

BrokawRoseTom Brokaw is a journalist through and through, even as he undergoes treatment for bone marrow cancer.

“I think I’m going to be okay,” Brokaw told TVNewser this afternoon at the Peabody Awards ceremony in New York City, where he was honored with a Personal Peabody Award. “I’ve approached it [dealing with cancer] both in human terms, and as a journalist.” He’s researched as much as he can about the cancer he’s being treated for — multiple myeloma — and about how other cancers. Brokaw continues to report for “Today,” and “NBC Nightly News,” and will be doing special pieces for the upcoming 70th anniversary of D-Day, all while undergoing treatment. Brokaw led NBC’s coverage of the 60th anniversary of D-Day from Normandy, France.

This afternoon, he took time to catch up with fellow Peabody Award recipient, “CBS This Morning” co-anchor Charlie Rose. (More on the awards, later)

“There’s a larger light at the end of the tunnel,” Brokaw says. While there are “no guarantees,” the NBC Newsman says he’s fortunate to have access to the type of medical treatment he needs.

Arwa Damon To Receive Courage in Journalism Award

ArwaDamonSyriaFirstLook.cnn.640x360CNN’s senior international correspondent Arwa Damon has been named a recipient of the 2014 Courage in Journalism Award. by the International Women’s Media Foundation. Damon,  who started at CNN in 2004 as a freelance producer in the network’s Baghdad bureau, is being honored for her “persistence, strength, and focus” in her war reporting.

“As a journalist working for an international news network like CNN, the gender bias has largely been broken. Such is not the case for others – both men and women – in the field who have to chart their own course while facing threats at home without the protection of a major news network,” said Damon.

Other recipients also include Brankica Stanković a Serbian TV reporter and Solange Lusiku Nsimire editor-in-chief of a publication in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Damon’s reporting has taken her to Syria, Libya, South Sudan, Congo, Egypt, Kenya and most recently Ukraine’s Donetsk region. She has won a number of awards including the IRE Medal award for her reporting on the U.S. Consulate attack in Benghazi.

The awards ceremony takes place October 22 in New York.

Barbara Walters on ‘Paving the Way’ for Women: ‘That’s My Legacy’

DIANE SAWYER, BARBARA WALTERS and ROBIN ROBERTSIt was a celebratory atmosphere tonight at ABC News Headquarters when the network’s Upper West Side New York City building was officially renamed the “Barbara Walters Building.”

“It’s not the interviews with presidents, nor heads of state, nor celebrities, nor even the Sterlings,” Walters said about her career legacy. “I hope that I played a small role in paving the way for so many of you fabulous women who are here tonight,” she continued, adding how pleased she is when women approach her about their achievements. “That’s my legacy” she said to a rousing applause.

Standing beside many ABC News colleagues, including Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, and Lara Spencer; along with Walt Disney Company Chairman Bob Iger, Disney/ABC TV President Ben Sherwood, and ABC News President James Goldston, Walters joked about having a building named after her in a city where Kennedy Airport and the Lincoln Tunnel reside: ”It may not be a landmark, but a couple of pigeons have already staked it out.”

“It makes me feel wonderful,” Walters told TVNewser after the ceremony in response to taglines that say, “she didn’t just report history, she made history.”

“The fact that my career turned out this way, it’s still an amazement to me,” she told us, highlighting her start as a writer at NBC’s “Today” which wasn’t clamoring to “put me on [air].” When she started out in the business, there “were almost none [women in TV news],” Walters told us.

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