Three Scripps television stations win national Murrow journalism awards

Tue, June 19, 2018 by Kari Wethington

CINCINNATI – Three local television stations owned by The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) have earned prestigious national Edward R. Murrow Awards for their outstanding reporting of community issues.

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) announced the honors today. KMGH in Denver won in the large-market television category “Hard News” for “A Stolen Family – The Ryan Laber Story.” The station’s reporting followed a Denver man, Ryan Laber, who lost his wife and two young sons in a murder-suicide in 2016. Laber told KMGH that he broke his silence in hopes that coming forward would bring awareness to the topic of depression.

WEWS in Cleveland earned the National Murrow Award in the large-market television category “Sports Reporting” for its story “The Meaning of Zach Proof.” The winning work, which follows a high-school athlete through a football season, is a story about resilience, determination and fearlessly chasing a dream while shattering expectations along the way.

WTVF in Nashville won in the large-market television category “Excellence in Sound” for its story, “Strings for Hope,” about a nonprofit that helps formerly drug-addicted women get back on their feet.

“At Scripps, we take seriously our mission to serve local communities through authentic storytelling,” said Brian Lawlor, Scripps’ president of Local Media. “The winning work from these three stations is a shining example of the important role journalists play in bringing to light the topics that connect communities. I congratulate these dedicated news teams on this honor.”

Since 1971, RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast and digital journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards. The awards will be presented at a gala in New York City on Oct. 22, 2018.

About Scripps
The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) serves audiences and businesses through a growing portfolio of local and national media brands. With 33 television stations, Scripps is one of the nation’s largest independent TV station owners. Scripps runs a collection of national journalism and content businesses, including Newsy, the next-generation national news network; podcast industry leader Midroll Media; and fast-growing national broadcast networks Bounce, Grit, Escape and Laff. Scripps produces original programming including “Pickler & Ben,” runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, D.C., and is the longtime steward of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Founded in 1878, Scripps has held for decades to the motto, “Give light and the people will find their own way.”

Media Contact:
Kari Wethington, The E.W. Scripps Company, 513-977-3763, kari.wethington@scripps.com

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