“Border Tour” Wins Prestigious Network Award for Excellence in Innovation
IRVING, TX (Oct. 10, 2020) – The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) tonight announced the national winners of the Edward R. Murrow Awards, with the local news operations of Nexstar Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (NXST: Nasdaq), garnering four awards, including recognition as the only local station group to win a National Murrow Award in the prestigious network division for an exclusive series of special cross-platform stories about immigration and everyday life along the border of the United States and Mexico.
Since the company’s founding in 1996, Nexstar has established a companywide commitment to delivering exceptional locally-produced programming and service to the communities in which it operates. In this year’s competition for the national Edward R. Murrow Awards, Nexstar’s news operations were recognized with the following honors:
- Excellence in Innovation – Nexstar Inc. received RTDNA’s highest honors, winning this network award for “Border Tour,” an exclusive 30-minute special report on immigration and everyday life along the U.S./Mexico border. Over a ten day period, a dedicated team of Nexstar journalists traveled the length of the border, from San Diego to Brownsville, TX., delivering live reports for Nexstar’s stations across the country, and for BorderReport.com, a Nexstar-created website dedicated year-round to coverage of immigration issues and life along the Southern border. These stories later formed the foundation for “Border Tour,” which aired on 85 Nexstar television stations in 58 markets throughout the country.
- Excellence in Multimedia/Large Market Division – KXAN-TV in Austin, TX, earned this award for overall excellence in investigative journalism. In the past year alone, KXAN-TV has led investigations into the Texas Workforce Commission, which oversees workplace complaints and unemployment claims, Central Texas nursing homes and their handling of patient safety in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, and possible wrong-doing by the Texas Railroad Commissioner.
- Excellence in Podcasting/Large Market Division – KXAN-TV was honored for “Catalyst,” a series of podcasts regard the struggles that families confront in searching for missing loved ones. For nine months KXAN-TV journalists examined missing person’s cases, the investigations surrounding them, and the difficulty in resolving them.
- Excellence in Podcasting/Small Market Division – KGET-TV in Bakersfield, CA, was recognized for “The Man with a Thousand Faces,” which chronicled the case of admitted murderer Jamie Osuna, who has tattoos all over his face.
In addition to the national honors, Nexstar’s news operations in 30 market earned 50 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards earlier this year, including one award for Overall Excellence.
“We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of the Border Report team, which continues its coverage of important immigration issues and consistently delivers unparalleled exclusive reporting to our local stations,” said Tim Busch, President of Nexstar Inc. “With Nexstar’s unified presence across the US/Mexico border, we are proud to commit our dedicated teams to this necessary and competitively unparalleled reporting. We are equally proud of all of the work that Nexstar’s local news teams continue to do every day, telling the stories that matter most to our local viewers and their families. As the largest local media company in the U.S., Nexstar has continued to elevate its commitment to the local communities we serve by delivering nearly 260,000 hours of trusted news programming and content that touches the daily lives of our viewers across all screens and devices. The National Edward R. Murrow Awards for Excellence in Multimedia and Excellence in Podcasting reflect Nexstar’s focus on excellence in cross platform storytelling and public service. We applaud our award-winning stations on the acknowledgement of their outstanding journalistic contributions and thank the RTDNA for this tremendous honor.”
Commenting on the awards, Susan Tully, SVP of Local Content Development at Nexstar Inc., said, “It’s an honor to be recognized by RTDNA. Nexstar’s 5,500 local broadcast journalists serve their communities with compelling, locally-originated news programming and content on any screen, at any time. We congratulate all of our journalists who created and produced “Border Tour” on winning a network award for Excellence in Innovation, and KXAN-TV and KGET-TV on receiving their well-deserved honors. These awards put a spotlight on Nexstar’s commitment to innovation in storytelling, trusted broadcast journalism, exceptional public service and community involvement. We are very proud that our local teams continue to leverage every available medium to connect local viewers to their communities, while keeping them informed of breaking local updates, critical weather events and other vital information.”
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 197 television stations and related digital multicast signals reaching 115 markets or approximately 39% of all U.S. television households (reflecting the FCC’s UHF discount). 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. Nexstar also owns WGN America, a growing national general entertainment cable network and a 31.3% ownership stake in TV Food Network, a top tier cable asset. For more information please visit http://www.nexstar.tv/.
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