WPLN News has been awarded seven regional Murrow Awards for 2020 reporting and coverage, representing the best in local broadcast news throughout a region of five Southeastern states.
- Breaking News Coverage: Super Tuesday Tornado
- Excellence in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Breaking Points, produced by Ambriehl Crutchfield, edited by Tony Gonzalez, Cheryl Devall, Emily Siner and Anita Bugg
- Excellence in Sound: At Nashville’s “Super Bowl Of Turkey Calling,” The Goal Is Recruiting New Hunters, reported by Emily Siner, edited by Chas Sisk
- Excellence in Writing: Meribah Knight, edited by Emily Siner and Tony Gonzalez
- Excellence in Hard News: A Nashville COVID Death Shows Many Uninsured Patients Don’t Know Their Care Should Be Free, reported by Blake Farmer, edited by Emily Siner
- Investigative Reporting: Nashville Officer Facing Murder Didn’t Pull Gun During Earlier Foot Chase. He Was Criticized., reported by Samantha Max, edited by Chas Sisk
- Newscast: Super Tuesday Tornado, March 3, 1:04 p.m., hosted by Rachel Iacovone
A new category for 2021 is the regional Murrow Award for Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, including examples of bilingual reporting, contextual coverage of inequality and discrimination, and newsroom-convened community discussions.
Regional winners will go on to compete in the national round, which also includes digital news organizations and network competitors.
“The regional RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Award recipients we announce today produced extraordinary journalism that brought clarity and context to 2020’s biggest news stories,” said RTDNA Chairwoman Andrea Stahlman. “The winning work demonstrates dedication, determination and a commitment to the highest ethical standards enshrined in RTDNA’s Code of Ethics.”
Since 1971, RTDNA and the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Awards have been honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast and digital journalism. They recognize local and national news stories that uphold the RTDNA Code of Ethics, demonstrate technical expertise and exemplify the importance and impact of journalism as a service to the community.
See the complete list of regional winners.