Denver - 7NEWS proudly receives the 2014 Radio Television Digital News Association's Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Continuing Coverage and Website in the Television, Large Market category. This top journalism award recognizes 7NEWS for making a difference in the community by keeping Colorado informed, connected and safer with its diligent investigative reporting and continuing online coverage at TheDenverChannel.com.
Call7 Investigator Theresa Marchetta is honored for her tireless efforts in uncovering the fatal flaws in Colorado’s Department of Corrections Parole Division, exposing a lack of policies and critical mistakes in parolee supervision putting the health and welfare of Coloradans at risk. Over the course of one year, 7NEWS produced more than 40 independent reports and investigations along with documentary, “Colorado’s Failing Parole System” which led to reaction from lawmakers, citizens and the Department of Corrections (DOC). The Director of Parole was fired and new policies were put into place. The Governor included a $10 million budget placeholder for the DOC in next year’s budget to fix problems exposed by 7NEWS. Today, Marchetta, Executive Producer - Carl Bilek, and Photographer - Jennifer Castor are recognized for their achievement.
"The work by Theresa Marchetta and the Call7 team on this important and complex story was incredible. For a year, Theresa investigated and uncovered story after story that has led to accountability, change and a better understanding of the inexplicable murder of a loving father and the assassination of Colorado’s Corrections Chief. We are honored to be recognized by this prestigious award," said 7NEWS News Director, Jeff Harris.
7NEWS is also being honored with a Murrow award for best website. 7NEWS Director of New Media, Kim Ngan Nguyen, said, “We are truly honored to be recognized in this category, considering the impressive digital journalism that exists in this region. It is a testament to the hard work, dedication and innovation of our entire news staff.”
RTDNA is the world's largest professional organization exclusively serving the electronic news profession, honoring outstanding achievements with the Edward R. Murrow Award since 1971. The organization is dedicated to setting standards for newsgathering and reporting and is committed to encouraging excellence in the electronic journalism industry.
Edward R. Murrow is the most distinguished and renowned figure in the history of American broadcast journalism. Murrow's pursuit of excellence in journalism embodies the spirit of the awards that carry his name. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession.
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The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA)
RTDNA is the world's largest professional organization exclusively serving the electronic news profession, consisting of more than 3,000 news directors, news associates, educators and students. Founded as a grassroots organization in 1946, the association is dedicated to setting standards for newsgathering and reporting. Although news techniques and technologies are constantly changing, RTDNA's commitment to encouraging excellence in the electronic journalism industry remains the same.
RTDNA represents electronic journalists in radio, television and all digital media, as well as journalism educators and students. Our members are news directors, producers, reporters, anchors, general managers, professors, students, industry suppliers, operations managers and digital content managers. RTDNA members benefit from publications, training, advocacy and many opportunities to network with colleagues. Joining RTDNA says you're concerned about First Amendment issues, Freedom of Information issues, ethics in reporting, improving coverage, implementing technology and all news industry issues. Our members help shape the future of our profession and we protect their interests by advocating on their behalf and lobbying in their interest.
About E.W. Scripps
The E.W. Scripps Company (www.scripps.com) serves audiences and businesses through a growing portfolio of television, print and digital media brands. After approval of its acquisition of two Granite Broadcasting stations later this year, Scripps will own 21 local television stations as well as daily newspapers in 13 markets across the United States. It also runs an expanding collection of local and national digital journalism and information businesses including digital video news service Newsy. Scripps also produces television programming, runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, D.C., and serves as the longtime steward of one of the nation’s largest, most successful and longest-running educational programs, Scripps National Spelling Bee. Founded in 1879, Scripps is focused on the stories of tomorrow.