TUCSON (KVOA) - News 4 Tucson was awarded two Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for Overall Excellence and Best Newscast on Thursday.
Since 1971, the Radio Television Digital News Association has been recognizing news organizations for their outstanding work in electronic journalism through the Edward R. Awards. According to organizers, the award recipients "demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession of electronic journalism."
“Local journalists across the country guided Americans through a pandemic, ongoing racial reckoning and a fraught election cycle, despite facing unprecedented operational challenges and an astonishing number of physical attacks during 2020,” said Dan Shelley, RTDNA Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. “The persistence of the regional Murrow Award winners we recognize today is a testament to these journalists’ commitment to their First Amendment duty.”
This year, News 4 Tucson was recognized for "Overall Excellence" and "Presidential Election Night" from its 10 p.m. newscast.
For the Overall Excellence award, News 4 Tucson was honored for its extensive coverage from the COVID-19 pandemic to the Bighorn Fire to local protests following the in-custody death of a 27-year-old man.
News 4 Tucson was also recognized for its team coverage on Nov. 3, 2020, highlighting not only the presidential race but all the local races as well, including the United States Senate special election in Arizona.
Regional Murrow Awards are presented to small and large radio, television and digital outlets based on 14 geographic regions. Regional winners are automatically considered for a National award. Network competitors are judged at the national level.
Fellow Tucson news organization, Arizona Public Media was also recognized in this year's award ceremony. AZPM received awards for Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Excellence in Video, Feature Reporting, Hard News and News Documentary.
Sister-station 12 News also received an award for Hard News for its coverage on a three-time cancer survivor deciding to end her life through physician-assisted suicide.
To view the complete list of winners, visit rtdna.org.