May 12, 2020 (DAYTON, OH) — The Radio Television News Directors Association, RTDNA, has awarded WHIO-TV two Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for coverage of the Oregon District Mass Shooting and aftermath of the Memorial Day tornadoes.
The entire News Center 7 team of anchors, reporters, photojournalists, producers, editors, Breaking News Team, digital team and managers received a Regional Murrow Award for their more than 16 hours of continuous Oregon District Mass Shooting breaking news coverage.
In addition, WHIO-TV News Anchor James Brown and Photojournalist Michael Burianek’s special Making A Difference: Helping Strangers, which profiled the kindness of strangers following the Memorial Day tornadoes, received a Regional Murrow Award for Excellence in Writing.
“This community and our staff endured so much in 2019. It was a year of local news that impacted all of us, none like any of us have experienced,” said Caryn Golden, WHIO-TV News Director. “The events of 2019 reinforces to me why local news is so important to a community. There’s no greater responsibility than helping to save the lives of our neighbors, and informing them of what’s impacting our community, and help them navigate through it. I’m incredibly proud of this team and this recognition is well deserved.”
The Murrow Awards are the embodiment of the values, principles and standards set forth by Edward R. Murrow, a journalism pioneer who set the standards for the highest quality of broadcast journalism. Of the awards given to journalists, the Murrow Awards are among the most respected journalism awards in the world. Murrow Award winning stories put public interest above all else, provide a catalyst for public discussion, and adhere to the RTDNA Code of Ethics.
“The Edward R. Murrow Awards recognize stories that uphold highest ethical and quality standards while delivering value and impact to our viewers,” “said Rob Rohr, WHIO-TV Vice Present and General Manager. “I am extremely proud of the work of our journalists do every day at WHIO to cover the most important stories of our region at a level that has been recognized as among the best in our field.”
WHIO-TV’s two winning Regional Murrow Awards, for Breaking News Coverage and Excellence in Writing, now automatically advance to national judging, and are under consideration for National Murrow Awards.
News Center 7’s RTDNA wins follow the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors Association, Ohio APME, honoring WHIO-TV with 16 awards for excellence, including 9 first place finishes, in March. These include General Excellence; Best Spot News: Oregon District Mass Shooting; Best Continuing Coverage: Memorial Day Tornadoes and Best Digital Presence: whio.com.
WHIO-TV is the #1 CBS affiliate in the country. The station is part of CMG, Cox Media Group, and employs 89 people in content and sales in the Dayton, Ohio area, led by General Manager Rob Rohr and News Director Caryn Golden.