ESPN has won two 2012 National Edward R. Murrow Awards, honoring excellence in electronic journalism, it was announced this week by the Radio Television Digital News Association.
E:60 won the Outstanding Sports Reporting award in the Television Network category for “Angel in the Outfield”, the story of Christina-Taylor Green, a nine-year old Little League baseball player who was shot and killed in January, 2011, in Tucson, Arizona, at the same event at which U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was seriously wounded.
“We are proud of ESPN’s ongoing commitment to long-form journalism and enterprise reporting,” said Andy Tennant, ESPN Executive Producer for E:60. “We would like to thank John, Roxanna, and Dallas Green for opening their homes and their hearts, sharing Christina’s unforgettable story of hope. We dedicate this Edward R. Murrow Award to her memory.”
ESPN Radio’s The Sporting Life with Jeremy Schaap won the Audio Sports Reporting award in the Radio Network/Syndication Service category for the E:60 feature “Hero”, the story of boxer Francisco “Paco” Rodriguez, who died in Philadelphia in 2009 from injuries suffered in the ring. The lives of four women from the Philadelphia area were prolonged by his family’s decision to donate his organs.
“We’re proud that The Radio Television Digital News Association recognized two of our pieces with Murrow Awards,” said Vince Doria, ESPN Senior Vice President and Director of News. “Combined, they are evidence of ESPN’s commitment to strong journalism and compelling long-form storytelling on our television and radio platforms.”
E:60, ESPN’s news magazine which returns for its sixth season in August, last month received a National Sports Emmy in the Short Feature category. E:60 also swept the Feature, Sports or Human Interest Story category at the National Headliner Awards, winning first, second and third place. It also earned third place in the Investigative Reporting category. E:60 has also recently won:
- New York TV and Film Festivals Award (11 World Gold Medals)
- Prism Award (Best Portrayal, Mental Health, Documentary Newsmagazine)
This marks the second consecutive year ESPN Radio’s The Sporting Life (Fridays, 10 p.m.) has received a Murrow Award. It won two in 2011: in the Audio Feature Reporting category for “A Goal, A Ghost;” in the Audio Sports Reporting category for the Outside the Lines-branded piece “Coach Randolph.” The Sporting Life is now available as a podcast at ESPNRadio.com and iTunes.
The Edward R. Murrow Awards are often called the most prestigious in electronic journalism. The awards will be presented at the RTDNA Awards Dinner in New York on October 8.