WBUR-FM Captures Four Edward R. Murrow Regional Awards from the Radio-Television News Directors Association

Contact: Phil Gloudemans, 617-353-6546 | philipg@bu.edu
Contact: John Davidow, 617-353-0909 | jdavidow@bu.edu

(Boston) – WBUR, 90.9 FM, Boston’s NPR news station, took top honors in four categories in the 2007 New England Radio-Television News Directors Association’s (RTNDA) Edward R. Murrow Award large-market division competition, announced John Davidow, WBUR news director & managing editor.

All regional winners are now eligible for the national competition whose winners will be honored in New York in October.

“Winning these awards is gratifying and reflects the outstanding work produced last year by so many of the great journalists at WBUR,” said Davidow. “We are flattered by this recognition.”

The award winners included the following:

· Feature Hard News – “Electric Shock Treatments: Tough love or Torture?” Reported by Allan Coukell, and edited by Margaret Evans, “Morning Edition” took a closer look at the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center in Canton, which serves as a last resort for parents of children with autism, mental retardation and severe behavioral problems. The school came under investigation after a series of allegations of abuse. Michael Garth served as engineer.

· News Documentary – “Boston Medical Center” Rachel Gotbaum’s report on how the BMC was created from the merger of two very different medical institutions and how the hospital was established to build on a century-old tradition of caring for the Boston poor was produced by Anna Bensted. George Hicks served as engineer.

· Use of Sound – “The Story of a Violin” Matt Largey’s piece reported on the return of a violin that was a family heirloom, lovingly restored at Boston’s North Bennett Street School.

· Sports Reporting – “Kenya’s Fastest Town” Reporter Karen Given traveled to Iten, in the highlands of western Kenya and home to about 500 runners who make a very good living at the sport. Jon Perotti served as engineer.

The Washington, D.C.-based RTNDA has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971, and recipients are acknowledged for their demonstration of the excellence that he made a standard for the electronic news profession.

One of New England’s leading sources of news and information, WBUR is owned and operated by Boston University and is a member station of National Public Radio. WBUR has won more than 100 major awards for its news coverage, including several George Foster Peabody Awards, and has been named Associated Press News Station of the Year the last three years.