KGMB takes home 3 Edward R. Murrow awards
has won three regional Edward R. Murrow awards for achievement in electronic journalism from the Radio and Television News Directors Association, based in Washington, D.C.
Hawaii's region for the Murrow awards includes California, Nevada and Guam.
KGMB was honored in the Continuing Coverage category for its reporting on the Hawaii Superferry, from its construction in Alabama and arrival in the islands to the controversy surrounding its environmental impact. In addition to stories that aired within newscasts, the station also produced an hour-long special on the topic.
Its Feature Reporting award was for anchor Keahi Tucker's story titled, "A Language in Jeopardy," which examined the erosion of the Hawaiian language. The story served as a stepping stone for the station's launch of a Hawaiian-language news segment on its morning show.
KGMB9.com was chosen Best Broadcast-Affiliated Web site for its online presence.
KITV, KHNL and KHON did not enter this year's RTNDA competition.
The RTNDA divides the competition for radio and television news work by large- or small-market sizes across the states.
"To me, the Murrow awards are a cut above the rest," said Chris Archer, KGMB news director. "It really shows that Hawaii isn't isolated when it comes to delivering good news -- and the rest of our colleagues across the country are taking note of what KGMB9 is doing."
The national Murrow awards will be announced in June.
The 37th annual Northern California area Emmy award competition is also underway. KGMB, KHNL, KITV, KHON and KHET as well as Oceanic Time Warner Cable and mobile video production company NEP SuperShooters LP have been nominated from among 918 entries.
The NorCal region of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences includes TV and cable stations from Visalia to the Oregon state line and includes Reno, Nev., as well as Hawaii.
Archer himself is up for a Station Excellence award as one of five regional nominees.
KHNL, led by News Director Dan Dennison, is up for a News Excellence Award against five other stations.
The only part of the regional Emmy competition segregated by market size is among whole newscasts, for which KGMB9 News at 10 p.m. is a finalist.
The lengthy list of Hawaii reporters and anchors whose work has been nominated can be seen online at emmysf.tv.
The really dumb part of the regional Emmys is that awards will be presented May 10 -- during the Nielsen rating period which is an all-hands-on-deck time for TV news operations. Duh! Who scheduled that and ran?
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