April 22, 2014
WGBH News Wins Multiple Honors from Edward R. Murrow AwardsLocal public radio news team recognized for investigative series, news documentary, news series and writing broadcasts
BOSTON, Mass. (April 22, 2014) –The WGBH News team earned multiple regional radio honors from the 2014 Edward R. Murrow Awards for best investigative series and news documentary. WCAI, WGBH’s listener-supported station for Cape Cod, the coast and the islands and a contributor to the WGBH News team, also received honors for news series and writing. Each year, the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) honors outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards. RTDNA announced regional winners today. All regional winners are automatically entered into the national competition. The national honorees will be announced in June.
“The acknowledgement from the Edward R. Murrow Awards reinforces that WGBH News is one of the leading newsrooms in New England committed to unearthing compelling stories that affect our region,” said WGBH News Director Ted Canova. “It is an honor to work with such a talented team that consistently produces such quality content for our listeners.”
Led by reporting from senior reporter Phillip Martin, a past Murrow Award recipient, the special report “Underground Trade” won for Best Investigative Series. The eight-part series traveled from Boston to New York and East Asia to cover the modern slave trade of human trafficking. The series was produced in cooperation with the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University and the International Center for Journalists. WGBH News Director Ted Canova edited the series. Brendan Lynch designed a companion web experience and Meredith Nierman contributed photography assets.
WGBH’s radio program on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, written and produced by Callie Crossley, and hosted by Crossley and Bob Seay, won for Best News Documentary. The documentary included original public radio recordings preserved by WGBH’s Media Library and Archives. WGBH was one of five public radio stations to cover the march in 1963 as a part of the National Education Radio Network, a precursor to NPR.
WCAI won for news series reporting for The Long Haul and the future of fisheries in New England, and Robert Finch’s piece “A Weapon to Take Out Squirrels,” picked up the award for writing.
“WCAI is exceptionally proud of our team’s work to tell the unique stories of Cape Cod, the coast and the islands, and we are thrilled to receive acknowledgement for it from the Edward M. Murrow Awards,” said Mindy Todd, WCAI’s managing director for editorial.
“Congratulations to the entire WGBH News team for this recognition from the Edward R. Murrow Awards,” said Phil Redo, General Manager for WGBH Radio. “WGBH News has set a standard in investigative reporting, documentary production and deep local news coverage, and the team’s continued success demonstrates that our brand of quality journalism resonates with local communities.”
The recognition from the Murrow Awards is the latest in a string of honors given to the WGBH News team, including wins from the AP Awards for Massachusetts and Rhode Island for radio coverage, as well as the top honor from the Bart Richards Award for Media Criticism for the weekly TV series, Beat the Press. The WGBH News team draws on the talent of a multi-platform newsroom that includes radio, television and digital reporting. The WGBH newsroom, which has grown and evolved over the last three years, continues to invest in quality, substantive local coverage. In the last year, WGBH News established a higher education desk, On Campus, devoted to covering university news and trends in Boston and beyond, forged a unique partnership with Boston University’s New England Center for Investigative Reporting and debuted a regular web series, The Scrum, that gives an insider’s look at Boston and Massachusetts politics.
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George, and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2, WGBX 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region’s diverse community include Greater Boston, Basic Black, and High School Quiz Show. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH Boston Public Radio; 99.5 WCRB; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also is a major source of programs for public radio (among them, PRI’s The World®), a leader in educational multimedia (including PBS LearningMedia™, providing the nation’s educators with free, curriculum-based digital content), and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to deaf, hard of hearing, blind, and visually impaired audiences. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards and Oscars. Find more information at wgbh.org.