The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) announced Thursday that NBC 10 is the recipient of three prestigious Edward R. Murrow regional awards in the small market television news category. NBC 10 is being honored for Overall Excellence, Investigative Reporting and Continuing Coverage.
From Hurricane Sandy, to election night, to hard-hitting I-Team investigations, NBC 10 worked tirelessly in 2012 to provide and expose the information critical to Southern New Englanders' lives.
I-Team reporter Katie Davis uncovered hundreds of fire inspection documents and discovered that Providence public schools had gone years – sometimes a decade – without being inspected. Her investigation prompted immediate action by officials, who are now working to make sure schools are safe for area children.
NBC 10 Money Watcher Bill Rappleye was first to break the story of the financial problems at Curt Schilling's video game company, which lawmakers lured to Rhode Island with a $75 million loan guarantee. Rappleye and NBC 10 closely followed 38 Studio's downward spiral into bankruptcy.
Winning Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards means that NBC 10 is now in contention for National Edward R. Murrow awards in the same categories.
"The NBC 10 News team is particularly proud to be honored in these three categories," said Chris Lanni, NBC 10 News Director. "It goes without saying that Overall Excellence and Continuing Coverage recognize our efforts to serve our community every day. But, to also be honored for Investigative Reporting reaffirms our decision to focus on impactful and in-depth original reporting."
NBC 10 is the only Southern New England station to be honored with Murrow awards every year since 2008, when it was recognized with National Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence. Today's announcement also comes one week after the Associated Press revealed that WJAR was being honored with five Associated Press Awards for Best Investigative Reporting (Providence public school fire inspections), Best Continuing Coverage (38 Studios financial troubles), Best Website (www.turnto10.com), Best Public Affairs Programming (10 News Conference) and Best Feature Reporting (Gene Around Town).
About NBC 10
WJAR-TV/DT is the most watched television station in the Providence-New Bedford television market and NBC 10 News is Southern New England's leading news station. WJAR was first launched as a radio station in 1922 and then became the market's first television station in 1949. WJAR-TV/DT is owned by Media General, Inc.
About Media General
Media General is a leading provider of news, information and entertainment across 18 network-affiliated broadcast television stations and their associated digital media and mobile platforms. The company's stations serve consumers and advertisers in strong local markets, primarily in the Southeast. Media General's network affiliates include eight NBC stations, eight CBS stations, one ABC station and one CW station. Six of the company's stations operate in the Top 40 markets in the United States. Media General's stations reach more than one-third of TV households in the Southeast and more than 8 percent of U.S. TV households. Media General entered the television business in 1955 when it launched WFLA-TV in Tampa, Florida, as an NBC affiliate. Today, WFLA is the company's largest TV station, operating in the 14th largest DMA in the United States.
About Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA)
RTDNA is the world's largest professional organization exclusively serving the electronic news profession, consisting of more than 3,000 news directors, news associates, educators and students. Founded as a grassroots organization in 1946, the association is dedicated to setting standards for newsgathering and reporting. Although news techniques and technologies are constantly changing, RTDNA's commitment to encouraging excellence in the electronic journalism industry remains the same.
RTDNA represents electronic journalists in radio, television and all digital media, as well as journalism educators and students. Our members are news directors, producers, reporters, anchors, general managers, professors, students, industry suppliers, operations managers and digital content managers. RTDNA members benefit from publications, training, advocacy and many opportunities to network with colleagues. Joining RTDNA says you're concerned about First Amendment issues, Freedom of Information issues, ethics in reporting, improving coverage, implementing technology and all news industry issues. Our members help shape the future of our profession and we protect their interests by advocating on their behalf and lobbying in their interest.
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