WFAE Wins Four Regional Murrow Awards

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) recognized WFAE 90.7fm with four awards in the association's regional Edward R. Murrow Awards competition for electronic journalism. WFAE ranked first among large market stations for reporting in the categories of Hard News, Continuing Coverage, News Series and Newscast.

“I don’t judge the value of our newsroom on awards, but it’s nice to see our reporters recognized for their outstanding work,” said WFAE News Director Greg Collard. “I am lucky to get to work with them. It’s a fantastic group that’s always dedicated to good journalism and storytelling.”

The awards include:

Hard News Reporting: Moral Mondays – Ben Bradford
As Moral Monday protests in Raleigh grew, the WFAE News Department decided to have its own presence for this story. About 80 people were arrested at the state house during this “Moral Monday” protest that had attracted 1,200 people.   

Continuing Coverage: Airport Saga – Julie Rose
Charlotte’s airport has had much success under the city’s control. It’s widely praised for its service and relatively low cost. The airport is a hub for US Airways, which recently merged with American Airlines, and the company’s executives made no secret that they loved how the airport’s longtime director oversaw operations.

Thus, it was with some surprise in early 2013 when news leaked that Charlotte-area legislators were working to take control of the airport away from the city and transfer its operations to a regional authority. Even more surprising, this effort had the support of the airport’s director even though he was an employee of the city. It’s a battle that continued throughout 2013. WFAE filed 50 stories overall including breaking news “spots” and in-depth stories.

News Series: Paying for Film - Julie Rose
This three-part series examines North Carolina’s incentives for the film industry. The incentives have lured some high-profile projects to the state, but the value of those projects is of considerable date as the General Assembly decides whether to continue the incentives. The series explored:

Part 1: What We're Getting

Part 2 What We're Spending

Part 3: How NC Compares To Other States

Best Newscast: Dec. 10, 2014 Morning Edition newscast – WFAE Staff
WFAE Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt anchored the award-winning newscast. It also featured contributions from Michael Tomsic, Tasnim Shamma and Ben Bradford.

WFAE competes in a region that’s comprised of stations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia. Regional winners automatically become eligible for the national awards competition, which will be judged in June.