April 13, 2009

WWL-TV Wins Three Regional Murrow Awards

NEW ORLEANS - Members of WWL-TV's Eyewitness News team are the recipients of three regional Edward R. Murrow awards, in the annual competition organized by the Radio-Television News Directors Association. The regional award winners were announced Thursday.

Channel 4's entries were singled out from among all entries submitted by television and radio stations in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. WWL had the only television winners in the New Orleans area. The regional winners will now compete for national honors, which will be announced in June.

WWL-TV anchor/reporter Lee Zurik's series of reports on the New Orleans Affordable Homeownership program (NOAH) earned top regional Murrow honors in the investigative reporting category. The series has also been honored with a George Foster Peabody award, and the IRE medal, presented by Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Anchor/reporter Mike Hoss and photographer Leonel Mendez earned two awards, for feature reporting. One story, profiling a wooden boat builder, earned the regional prize for feature reporting. A second story, which was produced to mark the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, won in the hard news feature competition. The segment highlighted an artist's carving of angelic figures into a tree, which had provided refuge to several people as Katrina blew through the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The Radio-Television News Directors Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Among the many Murrow awards earned by WWL-TV over the years is a 2006 national award for continuing coverage of Hurricane Katrina.

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