April 13, 2009

KHOU-TV Wins Six Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

HOUSTON - The Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) has recognized KHOU-TV 11News and KHOU.com with six regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in electronic journalism. The KHOU team received the most awards for a large market television station in the entire Texas-Oklahoma region, including the award for Overall Excellence and the award for best Web Site, KHOU.com.

"We are thrilled and honored to have been recognized in six categories for our team's outstanding work in 2008," says Susan McEldoon, KHOU President and General Manager. "These awards are testament to our unfailing commitment to deliver the best possible news product to the communities we serve."

"KHOU.com is a trusted source of information, and our entire newsroom is engaged in providing continuous content to the Web site," says Christine DiStadio, KHOU Director of Digital Media. "We are humbled to be recognized by our peers for this prestigious award."

The station also received an award in the category of Continuing Coverage for its uninterrupted reporting of Hurricane Ike, staying on-air and online for 91 consecutive hours. Other category award winners included: Feature: Hard News Slaughtergate (Brad Woodard, Frank McBride); News Series A Dangerous Lesson (Jeremy Rogalski, Keith Tomshe, David Raziq) and Writing Write This! (Jeremy Desel).

"Edward R. Murrow stood for excellence in journalism," says Keith Connors, KHOU Executive News Director. "To win half a dozen awards bearing his name is an honor we won't soon forget. It is also a reminder to all of us at 11News and KHOU.com to uphold the high standards of journalism set forth by Murrow every day."

RTNDA has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Judges awarded a total of 540 regional awards in 2009. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession.

KHOU-TV's 2009 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards:
Overall Excellence

Continuing Coverage
KHOU-TV Hurricane Ike

Feature: Hard News
KHOU-TV Slaughtergate (Brad Woodard, Frank McBride)

News Series
KHOU-TV A Dangerous Lesson (Jeremy Rogalski, Keith Tomshe, David Raziq)

Web Site

KHOU-TV Jeremy Desel

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