Some local TV and radio stations did very well when the Edward R. Murrow Awards were announced today.
WNCN, also known as NBC-17, won the award for Best Newscast in our region for their program featuring the tracking of Hurricane Sandy and a special investigation on dangerous groundwater contamination in Wake Forest, and the failure of local officials to notify residents of the dangers. That report was by Charlotte Huffman, Penn Holderness and Dave Hattman.
WRAL won an award for Hard News reporting for their story on the recovery of Roanoke Rapids police officer John Taylor, who was shot five times during a traffic stop in 2010. The Taylor report was by Stacy Davis, who left WRAL last summer to become the public information officer for the town of Clayton. WRAL also won a Sports award for Jeff Gravley's interview with ousted UNC football coach Butch Davis.
In the radio category, WUNC-FM won four awards, including one for Overall Excellence. The other awards were a News Series award for their American Graduate series, a Sports award for a report on UNC's JV Basketball squad, and one for best Use of Sound/Video for covering a fracking hearing.
The region with North Carolina stations also includes Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky and West Virginia. Winners from each region will go on to compete for national honors. The awards have been given out by the Radio Television Digital News Association since 1971.