Graham Media Stations Honored With Six Prestigious Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

Graham Media Stations WDIV, WKMG, WJXT and WSLS are honored with six prestigious regional Edward R. Murrow awards.

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WDIV Detroit is honored to receive three coveted regional Edward R. Murrow awards for Breaking News, Excellence in Writing and Excellence in Sound., WKMG's website, received its first regional Edward R. Murrow Award for best large market TV website.  WJXT Jacksonville has been honored with a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Breaking News coverage of Hurricane Irma.  And WSLS is honored with the regional award for Hard News.  The awards recognize the best electronic journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world.  

“It is especially gratifying to see the hard work and dedication of our local newsrooms recognized with such a prestigious award,” said President & CEO of Graham Media Group Emily L. Barr.

Station awards with links:

WDIV Breaking News Coverage:  Severe Weather Alert: Record Wind Damage
Local 4’s coverage of the damaging winds across metro Detroit spanned across multiple newscasts and the station’s digital platforms.  In-depth reports, continually advancing the story and keeping the community informed made this breaking news coverage a true team effort.   


WJXT Breaking News Coverage
News4Jax coverage of Hurricane Irma tracked the storm and stayed on all platforms until the life threatening danger passed.  Coverage of the devastating flooding continued as viewers started to assess the damage and pick up the pieces.

WKMG Best Website features stories and digital content covering breaking news, politics, features, sports, space and entertainment in the greater Orlando area.

WSLS Hard News

10News Reporter Angela Hatcher and Video Journalists Lee Friesland and Jeff Perzan told the dramatic story of a woman, desperate to escape from an abusive relationship.  During an attempt to leave, she was stabbed and dragged through a wooded area.  What the abuser didn’t know was that a deputy sheriff was on his way.  WSLS captured the story via the deputy’s body camera.  This was the first in a series of stories told by 10News.

WDIV Excellence in Writing:  Failure in Flint, Kim Adams Cancer Fight, and Elliot Carter
Two of the stories were from News Anchor Devin Scillian.  One for the open to Local 4’s “Failure in Flint” special, the other was the report on Kim Adams’ battle with breast cancer.  The third was Reporter Nick Monacelli’s story on Elliot Carter, the toddler with a rare condition that prevents him from eating food.  


WDIV Excellence in Sound:  What’s Old is New Again
Video Journalist Alex Atwell tells the story of Carl Nielbock, the man responsible for restoring parts of Detroit’s Fisher Building.  Alex is known for his fabulous eye, but this time his ear won him the award.

Now these entries go head-to-head with the other regional winners for the National Murrow Award.   

The RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971.  Murrow's pursuit of excellence in journalism embodies the spirit of the awards that carry his name.