March 30, 2007
Channel 11 Wins Regional Murrow Awards
HOUSTON KHOU-TV, Channel 11 has been awarded three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, more than any other Houston television station and more than all other Houston television stations combined. The Murrow Awards honor outstanding achievement in electronic journalism. Channel 11 has been awarded Murrow Awards in the following categories:
Feature Reporting. 11News Reporter Jason Whitely and Photojournalist and Editor Chris Desmond won a regional Murrow Award for the story, "Their Daughter the Donor." The story introduced viewers to a Houston couple meeting the recipients of their daughter's organs. LifeGift, Houston's Organ Donation Center says the story "poignantly and accurately conveyed the life-saving nature of organ donation." The story has also won an Emmy Award and was selected by the Texas Medical Association for its top award, the Anson Jones, MD Award which honors excellence in health communication.
News Series. 11News Investigative Reporter Mark Greenblatt, Executive Investigative Producer David Raziq, Investigative Producer Chris Henao and Photojournalist Keith Tomshe won a Murrow Award for a series of reports titled, "Heroes Left Behind." The series uncovered how the federal government allowed thousands of cold war laborers to think they were making simple fertilizer, when they were really working with highly radioactive uranium. Years later as cancer and serious health problems set in, 11 News discovered the government denied compensation to every affected worker at a local plant in Texas and at many others across the nation. The 11News investigative team traveled to Washington D.C. to confront a top White House official who had avoided their questions for months. Channel 11's stories were eventually cited directly in a Congressional hearing pushing for the expansion of benefits for these secret atomic workers.
Website. For the second consecutive year, Channel 11's web journalists led by Deputy Editor, Michelle Homer and the 11News team of online journalists won an Edward R. Murrow Award for the station website, khou.com.
"It's great to be recognized for outstanding work that can change lives by shining light on problems and raise awareness of important issues facing our community," says Keith Connors, KHOU-TV Executive News Director. "These awards represent outstanding work on the part of a group of talented and dedicated journalists and professionals. I'm proud of their efforts on behalf of our viewers and the work they do everyday to connect people to what matters."
The Radio Television News Directors Association has been honoring outstanding achievement in electronic journalism since 1971. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession. More than 3,150 entries were received. The regional winners are now eligible for the national Edward R. Murrow awards competition which will be judged in early June. The national Edward R. Murrow Awards will be presented in October.
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