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DFW TV, radio stations score wins in Murrow Awards

Posted 6:03pm on Friday, Apr. 19, 2013

WFAA/Channel 8 and KRLD/1080 AM received several honors, including overall excellence for each station, in the 2013 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. KERA/90.1 FM and KXAS/Channel 5 also received awards.

The awards were announced Thursday by the Radio Television Digital News Association.

WFAA won for overall excellence among major-market TV stations for a region encompassing Texas and Oklahoma.

WFAA also won best TV newscast for its coverage of a Feb. 5 tornado outbreak; best breaking news for “Dixon Circle Unrest,” team coverage of residents of a southeast Dallas neighborhood angry over a police-involved shooting; best investigative reporting for “Denticaid,” Byron Harris’ stories on Medicaid dental abuse in Texas; and best TV website.

KXAS/Channel 5 also won in TV categories for continuing coverage for “ Driven to Distraction,” Scott Friedman’s series of reports on distracted-driving dangers – including typing on a computer while driving – among North Texas police departments; news series for “You’re Gonna Wait,” another series of Friedman reports, this one about long lines at Texas Department Safety offices; sports for “The Game of Life”; and use of sound/video, which went to photojournalist Peter Hull – here’s his entry montage:

Use of Video Final from kxas on Vimeo.

In the radio categories, KRLD took the overall excellence award as well as best newscast for its 5 p.m. news. KERA/90.1 FM won in the breaking-news category for tornado coverage, continuing coverage for “ Fighting West Nile”; and hard-news reporting for “ Inside the dropout crisis: Why boys leave school, and why they return.

Robert Philpot, 817-390-7872 Twitter: @rphilpot

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