IRVING, Texas – The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) announced today the national winners of the Edward R. Murrow Awards with the local news operations of Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (NXST: Nasdaq) garnering awards in the small market television category for News Series and Feature Reporting. Nexstar’s winning entries will be honored at the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala in New York City on October 22, 2018.
Since the Company was founded in 1996, Nexstar has established an organization-wide commitment to delivering exceptional locally-produced programming and service to the communities where it operates. In the 2018 National Edward R. Murrow competition, Nexstar’s news operations were distinguished with the following honors for their exceptional local journalism:
- Best News Series, Small Market – “The Wall” KGPE-TV (Fresno, CA) – A riveting three-part series produced by KGPE-TV examining the controversial proposal by the Trump Administration to construct a new border wall between the U.S. and Mexico
- Feature Reporting, Small Market – “A Hall of Fame Life” WANE-TV (Ft. Wayne, IN) – A special feature produced by WANE-TV presenting the remarkable life of World War II veteran and local native Bob Heiny, who achieved his life-long dream of graduating from college after the segment aired by being awarded an honorary degree by the University of Saint Francis.
In addition to the national honors, Nexstar’s news operations in fifteen markets garnered 22 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards earlier this year.
“Nexstar was founded over two decades ago with the mission of providing the local viewers and hometown businesses we serve with the highest quality local news programming and service, while also giving back to our neighbors in the surrounding communities where we operate,” commented, Timothy C. Busch, President of Nexstar Broadcasting. “As Nexstar has grown to become one of America’s largest local media companies, we continue to elevate our commitment to the local communities we serve by making investments to deliver more hours of trusted news programming and enhanced local content that touches the daily lives of our viewers. These prestigious Edward R. Murrow Awards reflect our local news teams’ unwavering dedication to high-quality, trusted broadcast journalism and exceptional public service. We are extraordinarily proud of our strong standings in the local communities where we operate and congratulate our colleagues that are being honored today.”
“Nexstar has a strong history of responding to the needs of the people and communities we serve across the country and our more than 3,500 local journalists take the lead in reporting the local stories that matter to our viewers and their families,” Jerry Walsh, VP of Local Content Development at Nexstar Media Group stated. “We applaud KGPE-TV and WANE-TV and our passionate local news teams on this acknowledgement of their outstanding journalistic contributions. Their award-winning productions are a testament to Nexstar’s commitment to making a positive difference in the local communities we serve through the delivery of innovative locally-produced news programming and cross-platform content.”
The RTDNA has been recognizing outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971.
About Nexstar Media Group, Inc.
Nexstar Media Group is a leading diversified media company that leverages localism to bring new services and value to consumers and advertisers through its traditional media, digital and mobile media platforms. Nexstar owns, operates, programs or provides sales and other services to 169 television stations and related digital multicast signals reaching 100 markets or approximately 39% of all U.S. television households. Nexstar’s portfolio includes primary affiliates of NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, MyNetworkTV and The CW. Nexstar’s community portal websites offer additional hyper-local content and verticals for consumers and advertisers, allowing audiences to choose where, when and how they access content while creating new revenue opportunities. For more information please visit www.nexstar.tv.
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