For the first time in its 44-year history, 88.9 KETR is being recognized as a national Edward R. Murrow Award winner by the Radio Television Digital News Association for a radio news story that was produced and aired in 2018.
The award for Small Market Radio News Documentary acknowledges this KETR story from December 2018 that looks into historical race relations in the small Texas town of Grand Saline. The story's submission was one of 4,600 entries into the annual competition, and was acknowledged as a Regional Murrow Award winner in April 2019. Regional award winners are automatically submitted for national award candidacy.
"The RTDNA Nationl 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 Dan Shelley, RTDNA Executive Director. "Winning a Murrow Award means that a news organization has provided exemplary public service to its viewers, listeners, and readers."
For this honor, 88.9 KETR will recieve a recognition trophy, to be presented at the RDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala at Gotham Hall in New York City on October 14, 2019.
"Our small news department at KETR works very hard to cover local stories of interest and to put broader topics into perspective for our rural Texas audience," said Jerrod Knight, KETR's General Manager. "Former news staffer Scott Morgan reported this story under the supervision of news director Mark Haslett, and both deserve credit for leveraging our scarce resources to create this piece and others like it on a regular basis for our radio and online audiences. We're proud and humbled to be recognized at this level for our work."
Morgan was also the reporter on this story from March 2017 about Texas' feral hog issue which was recognized as a Regional Murrow Award winner in 2018. In March 2019, Morgan accepted a position with South Carolina Public Radio.
RTDNA is the world’s largest professional organization devoted exclusively to broadcast and digital journalism. Members include local and network news executives, news directors, producers, reporters, photographers, editors, multimedia journalists and digital news professionals in broadcasting, cable and digital media, as well as journalism educators and students. Founded as a grassroots organization in 1946, RTDNA works to protect the rights of broadcast and digital journalists in the courts and legislatures throughout the country, promotes ethical standards in the industry, provides members with training and education and honors outstanding work in the profession through the Edward R. Murrow Awards. The Association's members help shape the future of the journalism profession as we protect their interests by advocating on their behalf and lobbying in their interest. We defend the First Amendment, advocate for open government and freedom of information, and promote diversity in newsroom staffing and coverage.