WKYT Honored With Two Edward R. Murrow Awards

WASHINGTON - The Radio-Television News Directors Association today announced the 2009 regional winners of the Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in electronic journalism. Winning two 2009 Edward R. Murrow Awards, WKYT is the only Lexington television station to be honored by RTNDA this year.

For the third year in a row, WKYT is winner of the best newscast honor in its region (Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina). WKYT also won the regional Edward R. Murrow Award for best continuing coverage for its ongoing reporting on the execution of child killer Marco Chapman.

RTNDA judges awarded 540 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in 14 categories, including overall excellence, breaking news, investigative reporting, and website. The Murrow Awards reward the excellence that former CBS anchor Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the electronic news profession.

Several stations, including WKYT, have been honored with multiple Murrows. WTOP radio in Washington garnered 11 awards, the most given to any news organization. KARE in Minneapolis received 10 Murrows, the most awarded to a large market television station. Many of the entries focused on the historic presidential race and the gloomy economy.

A complete list of winners is available here, www.RTNDA.org

Regional winners automatically become eligible for the national awards competition, which will be judged in early June. The national Edward R. Murrow Awards will be presented October 12 at the RTNDA Awards Dinner in New York.

RTNDA 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.

RTNDA is the world’s largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. RTNDA represents local and network news professionals in broadcasting, cable and other electronic media in more than 30 countries.