Three KCET Original Programs CITY RISING, SOCAL CONNECTED and ARTBOUND Honored as 2021 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award Winners
All Winners Will Advance to the National Murrow Award Competition
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Los Angeles, Calif. – May 7, 2021 – KCET, showcasing the best of PBS while being the leading source for arts, culture and news in Southern California, announced today a total of three wins from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA)’s 2021 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, among the most prestigious in broadcast and digital news. KCET was honored in the category of “News Documentary” for the acclaimed social justice documentary CITY RISING: Youth & Democracy (in partnership with The California Endowment) as well as in the category of “Investigative Reporting” for news documentary series SOCAL CONNECTED for the episode “The Fight to Know.” Additionally, KCET’s acclaimed Original arts and culture documentary series ARTBOUND picked up a win for “Excellence in Video” for “Light and Space.” Regional winners will advance to compete for the National Murrow Award competition, which also includes digital news organization, network and student competitors.
KCET’s entries were up against all major market television stations throughout the states of California, Nevada and Hawaii. KCET’s three honors tied two other Southern California-based television stations for the most wins. More than 750 awards were announced yesterday recognizing over 350 local radio and television stations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and four countries. Regional Murrow Awards were presented to small and large radio, television and digital outlets based on 14 geographic regions. The Awards were presented to news organizations, not individuals (except in the Student categories). All awards were presented based on the specific body of work submitted. View the complete regional winner list here.The Murrow Awards recognize local and national news stories that uphold the RTDNA Code of Ethics, demonstrate technical expertise and exemplify the importance and impact of journalism as a service to the community. Murrow Award winning work demonstrates the excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession.
The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession of broadcast and digital journalism.
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RTDNA is the world's largest professional organization devoted exclusively to broadcast and digital journalism. Founded as a grassroots organization in 1946, RTDNA’s mission is to promote and protect responsible journalism. RTDNA defends the First Amendment rights of electronic journalists throughout the country, honors outstanding work in the profession through the Edward R. Murrow Awards and provides members with training to encourage ethical standards, newsroom leadership and industry innovation.