June 22, 2006
Channel 11 Wins Two National Edward R. Murrow Awards
HOUSTON, TX KHOU-TV Channel 11 has won two national Edward R. Murrow Awards from The Radio-Television News Directors Association. Channel 11 won the 2006 Murrow Awards in the categories of Investigative Reporting and Hard News Feature and is the only Houston television station to win the prestigious national awards. The Edward R. Murrow Awards honor excellence in electronic journalism.
Channel 11 was given a Murrow Award for "Firefighters: Cancer," a report by 11News reporter Jeremy Desel and 11News photojournalist Thomas Empey in the Feature - Hard News category. The report documented the cancer risks Houston Fire Department firefighters face when they enter burning buildings to fight fires. Firefighter death rates are from 4 to 30 times higher than the general public depending on the kind of cancer. Three weeks after the story aired, the Texas legislature passed a law giving firefighters line-of-duty death benefits for cancer.
11News Investigative Reporter Mark Greenblatt, Investigative Executive Producer David Raziq, Investigative Photojournalist Chris Henao and Photojournalist Lynn Roder won a Murrow for their work on the report, "Playing with Fire" in the Investigative Reporting category. The investigation revealed that hundreds of public schools in the Houston area had never received a fire code inspection in more than 30 years. The investigation also discovered immediate life-threatening violations at many of the schools that were missed by the Fire Marshal, which prompted a massive reorganization of the Harris County Fire Marshal's Office. Harris County Commissioners say there is no doubt this investigation saved lives, prevented countless injuries to children, and will protect our community for years to come.
"I'm proud our team of journalists are doing what journalists do best. They shine light on issues and problems that need to be addressed in the community," says Keith Connors KHOU-TV Executive News Director. "It's an honor to be recognized for outstanding work that is well deserved, but I am most pleased for our community which is better, more knowledgeable and safer as a result of the work of this dedicated and outstanding group of journalists. We are here to connect our viewers to what matters when it matters."
More than 3,500 entries from 568 news organizations were judged in the 2006 competition. Channel 11 is one of only seven stations in the nation to win multiple national Edward R. Murrow Awards this year. The awards will be given in a ceremony in New York in October. Channel 11 has won four national Edward R. Murrow Awards since 2001.
Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the electronic news profession. RTNDA is the world's largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. RTNDA represents local and network news professionals in broadcasting, cable and other electronic media in more than 30 countries.
Mark Greenblatt's 11 News Defenders report
Jeremy Desel's 11 News report
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