Nexstar Media Inc. TV Stations Receive Two National Edward R. Murrow Awards for Outstanding Journalism and Outstanding Local Content
IRVING, Texas – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) today announced the national winners of the Edward R. Murrow Awards, with the local news operations of Nexstar Media Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nexstar Media Group, Inc . (NXST: Nasdaq), receiving two awards of excellence in the categories “Continuous Coverage”, won by KDVR-TV in Denver, and “Hard News”, won by KSNW-TV in Wichita, Kansas.
Since the company’s founding in 1996, Nexstar has made a company-wide commitment to providing exceptional locally produced programming and service to the communities in which it operates. As part of this year’s competition for the Edward R. Murrow National Awards, Nexstar’s outreach activities were recognized with the following honors:
Excellence in continuous coverage / large market division – KDVR-TV won this award for Overall Excellence in Continuous Coverage for its ongoing investigation into the use of ketamine by Colorado paramedics to put restless people to sleep.
KDVR-TV’s reporting on the issue began in 2019, after paramedics used the drugs to put Elijah McClain to sleep following a brutal encounter with police. Although a coroner could not determine the cause of his death, reports from the station highlighted significant issues with how and when the drug is used and government oversight of the drug in the Colorado. Since 2019, KDVR has filed over 60 stories regarding the use of ketamine and has brought to light several other incidents in which the use of the drug to put someone to sleep has raised serious questions.
In 2021, the governor of Colorado signed a new law limiting the use of the drug statewide, and the state’s health department suspended its program allowing paramedics to use ketamine outside. hospital, so that new monitoring policies and procedures can be put in place. place.
Excellence in the Hard News / Small Market division – KSNW-TV was honored for her role in telling the story of Julie Dombo, a retired teacher and runner, who was shot dead during the robbery of a cell phone store in Derby, Kansas .
Ms. Dombo had gone to the mobile phone store to ask about the photos of her phone; within minutes, a man was robbing the store, shooting him twice. Complications from her injuries caused her to lose her hands and legs. She learned to use her prosthetic legs and was given bionic arms which helped her live a more normal life. Two years after the shooting, Ms. Dombo was diagnosed with breast cancer, received treatment and no longer has cancer. She has now become an amputee advocate and has worked to help major insurers provide quality prosthetics to amputees. Since the story aired, Ms. Dombo has helped another amputee in the area successfully receive a âbionic armâ.
In addition to national accolades, Nexstar’s information operations at 31 television stations won 47 regional Edward R. Murrow awards earlier this year, including two awards for overall excellence.
“We are very proud of the work done by KDVR-TV and KSNW-TV, and happy to see their efforts recognized with the Edward R. Murrow National Awards for Continuous Coverage and Hard News,” said Andy Alford, President of the Broadcasting Division of Nexstar Media Inc. âWe are also proud of all the work that Nexstar’s local news teams produce every day. our viewers on all screens and devices. We applaud our award-winning stations and thank RTDNA for this immense honor. ”
Commenting on the awards, Susan Tully, Senior Vice President of Local Content Development at Nexstar Media Inc., said: âIt is an honor to be recognized again by RTDNA and we congratulate KDVR-TV and KSNW-TV for ‘have received these well-deserved honors. Nexstar’s 5,500 locally broadcast journalists serve their communities with engaging, locally sourced programming and news content on any screen, anytime. These awards highlight Nexstar’s commitment to storytelling innovation, trusted broadcast journalism, exceptional public service and community engagement – a commitment that our talented and dedicated journalists help us fulfill every day.
RTDNA has recognized outstanding achievement in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971.
About Nexstar Media Group, Inc.
Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXST) is a leading diversified media company leveraging localism to bring new services and value to consumers and advertisers through its traditional, digital and mobile media platforms. Its wholly-owned operating subsidiary, Nexstar Media Inc., is made up of three divisions: Broadcasting, Digital and Networking. The Broadcasting Division operates, schedules or provides sales and other services to 199 television stations and related digital multicast signals reaching 116 markets or approximately 39% of all U.S. television households (reflecting the UHF discount from the FCC). The division’s portfolio includes the main subsidiaries of NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, MyNetworkTV and The CW. The digital division operates 120 local websites and 284 mobile apps delivering hyper-local content and verticals for consumers and advertisers, allowing audiences to choose where, when and how to access content and creating new revenue opportunities for the company. The Networks Division operates Nation News, formerly WGN America, a national cable news and entertainment network reaching 75 million television homes, the Antenna TV multicast network and WGN Radio in Chicago. Nexstar also owns a 31.3% stake in TV Food Network, a leading cable asset. For more information, please visit www.nexstar.tv.