HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii News Now is the winner of four regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). The prestigious award honors outstanding achievements in electronic media.
Hawaii News Now received the award for Overall Excellence. The news team was honored for its tremendous and widespread coverage of Hawaii-related events around the world in 2009, as well as for an unprecedented transition between KFVE, KGMB & KHNL into a single news organization serving three television platforms and two websites: HawaiiNewsNow.com and K5TheHomeTeam.com.
Hawaii News Now at 10:00 PM received the award for Best Newscast. The #1 rated newscast is simulcast on KGMB (CBS) & KHNL (NBC) and is anchored by Stephanie Lum and Keahi Tucker, with weather anchor Guy Hagi and sports anchor Brooks Baehr.
The award for Best Continuing Coverage goes to Hawaii News Now anchor Steve Uyehara and photojournalist George Hurd for their coverage of the Canonization of Father Damien. The pair traveled to Molokai, Belgium and Rome over two weeks, following and profiling a contingent of local residents leading up to Saint Damien's Canonization at the Vatican. In addition to daily pieces throughout the journey, a 30- minute special, Father Damien: Hawaii's Saint was also produced as part of the extended coverage.
The award for Best Hard News Reporting goes to Hawaii News Now reporter Tim Sakahara and photojournalist Oscar Valenzuela for their coverage of the American Samoa Quake and Tsunami in September 2009. Taking the first flight to the devastated island after the disaster, the team began filing reports from the scene and even helped connect some people with their families in Samoa via email, Skype and through in-depth storytelling.
"To win one Murrow Award in any career is quite an honor," said Chris Archer, Hawaii News Now Content Director. "But four in a single year? It's perhaps the biggest validation yet of what