KGUN9 News wins three Edward R. Murrow awards
Notes by: Forrest Carr, KGUN9 News Director
KGUN9 News has landed three prestigious honors in this year's regional Edward R. Murrow Awards competition. They are:
-- Best Investigative Report
-- Best Newscast
-- Best Website
The "Best Investigative" award was for reporter Claire Doan's investigation into Pima Community College's handling of its student, Jared Lee Loughner. That investigation probed why the college never triggered mental health intervention for the Loughner, who was a troubled student at the college before he opened fire at a Congress On Your Corner event on January 8, 2011, killing six and wounding many others, including U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. In trying to get to the bottom of that issue, 9 On Your Side faced a stone wall of silence from college administrators, and ultimately had to comb through more than 20,000 pages of public documents. The investigation showed that college employees were told, incorrectly, that they had no options under Arizona law allowing them to trigger a mental health intervention for students who didn't want one, and were instructed that the campus was not a mental health facility. Since the investigation aired, the college has taken steps to address those issues.
The entry submitted for "Best Newscast" consisted of KGUN9's 10 pm newscast from the night of the mass shooting, produced by Senior Producer John Glenn.
For the "Best Website" award, KGUN9 News entered several examples of continuing coverage from KGUN9.com, including:
-- Coverage of TUSD's ongoing ethnic studies crisis;
-- Coverage of the SWAT raid that killed former U.S. Marine Jose Guerena;
-- An investigation into a fatal DPS chase that killed an innocent motorist;
-- The web version of the PCC investigation mentioned above;
-- KGUN9's Viewers' Bill of Rights and the Viewers' Voice blog.
The organization giving the awards is the Radio, Television and Digital News Association, or RTDNA. The Edward R. Murrow Awards bear the name of one of the most respected television journalists in the history of the medium.
This portion of the regional competition covers cities the size of Tucson and smaller in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. The winning entries now compete with those from other regions in the RTDNA's national contest.