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WTOP-FM/Washington DC Tops 2019 National Murrow Awards


The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has announced the winners of the 2019 National Murrow Awards. From more than 4,600 entries, these awards recognize 100 local and network radio, television and digital news organizations for outstanding journalism in 16 categories. The winners at the national level also include Student Murrow Awards in five categories of audio, video and digital reporting. National winners will be recognized at the Murrow Awards Gala in New York on October 14.

WTOP-FM/Washington, DC, repeated its 2018 win for Overall Excellence in large market radio, while Vermont Public Radio clinches the spot for small market radio. Taking home the most national awards this year is CBS News, with an Overall Excellence award in the network radio category, and seven wins across radio for Breaking News Coverage and Newscast, and, in network television, Excellence in Writing, Feature Reporting, Hard News, Investigative Reporting and News Documentary.

"Our news team places a high value on consistency, innovation and collaboration across all platforms," said WTOP Director of News and Programming Mike McMearty. "To be recognized three years in-a-row by the Murrow judges fills us all with such a great sense of pride... it's truly a great honor."

"The RTDNA National Edward R. Murrow Awards recognize local and national news stories that uphold our Code of Ethics, demonstrate technical expertise and exemplify the importance and impact of journalism as a service to the community," said RTDNA Executive Director Dan Shelley. "Winning a Murrow Award means that a news organization has provided exemplary public service to its viewers, listeners and readers."

"These winning pieces from news organizations large and small have educated, uplifted, inspired, uncovered and enlightened," added Shelley. "We're proud to recognize the most outstanding ways journalists are keeping the public informed, holding the powerful accountable and enhancing the quality of life in their communities."

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