NBC 5 is taking home five regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, including its third consecutive “Overall Excellence” award in large market television from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). Last year’s “Overall Excellence” regional nomination culminated in a national win for NBC 5.
Another highlight this year is a very special win in the “News Series” category for joint reporting efforts with Telemundo 39 / KXTX and The Dallas Morning News on “The Borderland Project,” a news series reporting local perspective and experiences as a result of the highly politicized national topic of stopping illegal immigration.
“It is an honor for the NBC 5 team to be recognized by the RTDNA with this many awards, especially for our series ‘Borderland Project,’" said Tom Ehlmann, NBC 5 President and General Manager. “The extensive reporting necessary for a story like this is possible because of the collaboration of our vested partners Spanish-language station, Telemundo 39 / KXTX, and The Dallas Morning News.”
The prestigious honors include:
- Overall Excellence: NBC 5 / KXAS’s commitment to community, storytelling, and efforts to hold the powerful accountable is highlighted in this year’s entry. The station’s coverage of breaking news, public health concerns, severe weather, politics, immigration issues, in-depth investigations, and exclusive interviews set the station apart in providing meaningful and powerful stories to North Texas viewers.
- News Series: ”The Borderland Project,” This series about the highly politicized national topic of stopping illegal immigration, won for joint reporting efforts with Telemundo 39 / KXTX and Dallas Morning News. With exclusive access to remote areas along the Texas/Mexico border, this group of journalists was able to see what people who live in that region think about the rhetoric coming out of Washington, D.C.
- News Documentary: “Big Buses, Bigger Problems: The Land Deal” NBC 5’s investigation exposed a web of corruption, staggering financial mismanagement, hidden personal relationships and conflicts of interest inside Dallas County Schools, a public agency responsible for transporting more than 75,000 school children daily in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The series of reports raised community awareness and highlighted the violation of public trust by officials within Dallas County Schools. The NBC 5 Investigates team members include NBC 5 Senior Investigative Reporter Scott Friedman, Producers Jack Douglas and Eva Parks, Photographer Jose Sanchez, Digital Managing Editor Frank Heinz and Vice President of News Mark Ginther.
- Excellence in Video: ”West Heals” NBC 5 visits a memorial service in remembrance of a massive explosion at a local fertilizer plant in West, Texas on April 17, 2013 that killed 15 people and destroyed 100 homes. Highlighting values that this close community practices: faith, family, and caring, NBC 5 reporter Noelle Walker and photojournalist Mike Richard were able to show a story of the healing within a determined community.
- Excellence in Writing: “Noelle’s Notes” A composite of NBC 5 reporter Noelle Walker’s long-form and day-turn stories. Walker takes pride in her work, striving to tell stories that connect with people and make them feel connected to what is happening in the world.
The regional Edward R. Murrow Awards are presented annually by the RTDNA, the world’s largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism.
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Regional winners automatically advance to the national competition, which will be judged in May 2018. The national awards will be presented October 22, 2018 at the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala at Gotham Hall in New York City.