WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS SF) — The Radio Television News Digital Association announced Wednesday the national Edward R. Murrow Award winners including the Bay Area’s KCBS Radio’s 5 p.m. newscast, winning in the category of Best Newscast, Large Market.
The winning entry was chosen from 13 regional newscast winners in major U.S. cities nationwide. The specific submission was June 26th, 2013, the day of the Prop 8 court decision on gay marriage.
“The Best Newscast award is all about teamwork, and this national Murrow award is a tribute to the outstanding work the KCBS team does serving Bay Area listeners every hour of every day,” said Ed Cavagnaro, news director for KCBS Radio.
RTDNA, the journalism association, received more than 4,000 entries during the 2014 awards season, surpassing 2013 by more than 500 entries and setting an all-time record for entries in the most competitive Murrow Awards competition in history.
RTDNA Chairman Chris Carl said, “This year’s field was the best we’ve ever seen. The entries gave our judges the luxury of a fantastic pool from which to select the winners.”
Barbara Taylor, Chris Filippi, Doug Sovern, Mike Colgan and Tim Ryan reported in the hour, and Margie Shafer contributed a report on BART labor negotiations, with Patti Reising and Jeff Bell anchoring.
Sheryl Raines handled traffic that hour, with airborne reports by Derek Smith and Alan Brooks. Joe Salvatore anchored sports, which included a John Madden excerpt. Jason Brooks was on the money desk. The editors, who oversee, produce, and track breaking news for the hour were Tom Lippi and Phil Handler, assisted by writer Brendan Gage and production assistant Rachel Godfrey. Dory Culver was the assignment manager.
Todd Smoot produced the open to the news hour, using a mix of sound and headlines from the breaking news of the day.
This award marks KCBS’ 23rd national Murrow Award, including six for Overall Excellence and two for Best Newscast.
FULL LIST OF NATIONAL WINNERS: RTDNA Murrow Awards
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