Edward R. Murrow Award for Breaking News
As the nation’s attention turned to the violence that erupted as Charlottesville, Virginia relocated its Confederate statues, Lexington’s mayor announced plans to do the same.
Since 1911, statues of two Confederate leaders sat on the lawn of a public courthouse lawn in downtown Lexington.
The decision to move the statues to a nearby cemetery sparked fierce debate, fears of similar violent protests, and the swift removal of the statues a month later. The removal of the statues culminated with live, team coverage from the unannounced and swift removal.
Embracing the impact of social media, the explosive growth of digital sources for information, and the challenge of how to differentiate itself from competitors, WKYT continued to evolve its delivery of news and information as the statue debate climaxed.
Through coverage exclusively on Facebook Live, WKYT showed viewers in real time how the statues were being moved without advance notice as crowds gathered to watch in person.