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Awards & Accolades

PromaxBDA Hands Out 2014 Local Awards

promaxbda local awardsPromaxBDA recently announced the winners of its 2014 local awards, honoring “the best in local media, marketing and design, driving excellence, creativity and innovation from the local market.”

The Gold Award winners included Seattle NBC affiliate KING for general image and news station image, Buffalo NBC affiliate WRGZ for general branding and image campaign, Portland Fox affiliate KPTV for news/information program spot, Raleigh CBS affiliate WRAL for special news report, Chicago CW affiliate WGN for sports program spot, Miami CW affiliate WSFL for on-air consumer tie-in promo. Devlin Design Group won a gold award in set design for KSAZ, the Fox-owned station in Phoenix.

A full list of the winners is available here.

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WCVB, WBIR Win Murrow Awards For Overall Excellence

murrows 2014Boston ABC affiliate WCVB and Knoxville NBC affiliate WBIR are the winners of this year’s Edward R. Murrow awards for overall excellence, the RTDNA announced today.

Related, TVNewser: CBS, ABC, NBC Among 2014 Murrow Award Winners

Hearst’s WCVB won in the large market category and Gannett’s WBIR won in the small market category. Both stations will be presented with their awards at the Marriott Marquis in New York City this fall.

WTVR in Richmond won three Murrows. KARE in Minneapolis, WFAA in Dallas and WVUE in New Orleans each won two. KOKI, WMBD, WJLA, WVIR, WCPO, KETV, WGRZKCET, KING, WSBT, WXIA, KJRH, WJXT, UNM PantherVision and Oregon Public Broadcasting each won one.

See the full list of winners on the RTDNA’s website.

DDG, KTVA Win News Set of the Year Award

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Devlin Design Group and KTVA, the CBS affiliate in Anchorage, are the winners of Newscast Studio’s News Set of the Year Award.

“After less than 5 months on the air, the new KTVA News was awarded “Best Newscast” by the Alaska Press Club. I have no doubt that the amazing set produced by DDG contributed greatly to the award,” KTVA news director Bert Rudman said in a statement. “DDG and KTVA have proven that quality design is not limited by market size.”

WPIX’s Marvin Scott to be Inducted into New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame

marvin scottWPIX correspondent and host Marvin Scott will be inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame in June. Scott has worked at the Tribune-owned CW affiliate in New York City since 1980.

“In a city of icons, Marvin stands at the top of the pack. He knows everybody, has covered everything, and approaches every story with tenacity, energy, a sense of competitiveness, and above all, heart,” WPIX news director Mark Effron said in a statement.

Scott is the station’s senior correspondent and host of “PIX News Close Up,” a weekly issues-oriented newscast. The induction ceremony will take place June 13 at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan.

“I am honored and humbled by this special recognition of my extraordinary and rewarding career, a career that continues to inspire and invigorate me,” Scott said.

KTVA Nominated For News Set of the Year

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KTVA, the CBS affiliate in Anchorage, has been nominated as Newscast Studio’s “Set of the Year.” The set, designed by Devlin Design Group, debuted in December.

KTVA’s set is competing against the set of Canada AM, designed by Creative Group, Inc. Vote here.

RTDNA Announces Winners of Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

murrows 2014The RTDNA has announced the winners of the regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, recognizing the best radio, television and online news organizations around the world. This year, the organization awarded 661 regional awards in 14 categories.

For the large markets, five stations — KARE in Minneapolis, WXIA in Atlanta, WCVB in Boston, WBMA in Birmingham and KING in Seattle — won six Murrows each. WBIR in Knoxville, KTVB in Boise and WISC in Madison led the way for the small markets, also winning six awards each.

Regional winners are automatically entered into competition for the national Edward R. Murrow Awards, which will be judged in May. A full list of the winners by region can be found on the RTDNA website.

KNTV Wins Three SPJ Sigma Delta Chi Awards

spj logoThe Society of Professional Journalists has announced the winners of this year’s Sigma Delta Chi Awards for exceptional professional journalism. Topping the list of local stations is KNTV, the NBC-owned station in San Francisco, which took home three awards.

KNTV won in the breaking news category for coverage of the Asiana Flight 214 crash at San Francisco airport and for feature reporting for a piece called “Bay Area Proud.” The station also won in the public service for television journalism category for a report called “The Gift of Time: Exposing a District Attorney’s Secret Perk for his Appointees.”

KWTX in Waco, WFTS in Tampa, WVUE in New Orleans, KBMT-KJAC in Beaumont, Texas, KUSA in Denver, KHQ in Spokane and WKBT in La Crosse, Wisc., won one award each. See the full list of winning reports after the jump. Read more

Peabody Award Winners: WBZ, KING, WVUE, WTVF

peabody awardsFour local stations — WBZ in Boston, KING in Seattle, WVUE in New Orleans and WTVF in Nashville — have won George Foster Peabody Awards. The winners were unveiled today on “CBS This Morning.”

CBS-owned WBZ was honored for its “wide-ranging, enterprising, non-sensational” coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. The station was praised  for becoming “crucial sources not just to their city but to a stunned nation.”

NBC affiliate KING won for its investigation of a leaking nuclear-waste storage tank in Washington, exposing “mismanagement, deception and waste of tax dollars.” The report resulted in a U.S. Department of Energy review of the Hanford nuclear reservation and several resignations at the company that manages the site.

CBS affiliate WTVF was honored for a series of reports, capped off by a primetime special, called “Questions of Influence.” The reports revealed sweetheart deals, no-bid contracts and ethical lapses in state government.

Fox affiliate WVUE won for an investigative report produced jointly with The Times-Picayune about campaign financing. The end result “provided TV-news operations around the country a template for ambitious digging.”

Gannett’s David Lougee Accepts RTDNF First Amendment Award

david lougee RTDNF speechGannett Broadcasting president David Lougee accepted the First Amendment Leadership Award from the RTDNF last night at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Lougee said he was there “as a representative of all  the great local journalists in our company,” specifically thanking Gannett CEO Gracia Martore, senior associate general counsel Barbara Wall and the company’s 30 news directors attending the event.

“They represent this company from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon, from Houston in the South to Minneapolis in the North, and from here in D.C. to Seattle in that other Washington,” Lougee said of the news directors. “We couldn’t be more proud of all of them.”

Lougee, who has been in his current role since 2007, touted the importance of local broadcasting.

“Having lived in D.C. two times now, I’ve noticed that too many national decision makers in the media live in the echo chamber of D.C. and Manhattan, and some have never lived anywhere else. But 97% of this country does not live inside the beltway or in New York. They live in the heartland. They live in 50 different states, with their own cultures, their own legislatures and now, as our stations in Denver and Seattle can attest, their own marijuana laws as well,” Lougee said. “No national media organization can or will ever cover all those critical local issues.”

Five Local Stations Win duPont Awards

the dupont columbia awardStations in Denver, Kansas City, Boston, Dallas and New Orleans have won 2014 Alfred I. duPont awards from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

In the breaking news category, the winners were WBZ, the CBS owned station in Boston, and KSHB, the NBC affiliate in Kansas City. WBZ won for its “exceptional” coverage of the Boston marathon bombings and KSHB was honored for breaking news coverage “of a preventable tragedgy,” a natural gas explosion at a downtown restaurant.

Denver ABC affiliate KMGH, Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA and New Orleans Fox affiliate WVUE were honored for their investigative reporting. KMGH won for “Colorado Rape Victims: Evidence Ignored, Justice Denied,” a yearlong investigation on systemic failures in the handling of rape cases in Colorado. WFAA won for “Denticaid: Medicaid Dental Abuse in Texas” and WVUE won for “Body of Evidence,” a series of reports that revealed misuse of public funds, corruption and fraud.

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