WLRN-Miami Herald News wins Murrow, Headliner awards



WLRN-Miami Herald News has received record-breaking recognition for bringing excellence over the airwaves.

The Radio Television Digital News Association announced the winners of the 2013 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards on Thursday, with WLRN-Miami Herald News placing first in 11 out of 13 categories.

Among the works that received first-place recognition was a radio series on “Hurricane Andrew: 20 Years Later” and a documentary titled “Remembering Andrew ,” a feature segment titled “Her Own Little Paris” and an investigative report on “13th Grade: Remedial Education in Florida .

WLRN-Miami Herald News also was honored with two National Headliner Awards, including first place in a project done with The Miami Herald on the 2012 presidential race. “Dispatches from the Swing State” married photography with audio, which was then plotted on an interactive map posted online that allowed readers to follow the road trip across the state.

“This was really an experiment to provide readers with a full interactive experience,’’ said Miami Herald Interactive Editor Nancy San Martin. “It not only worked but carved a new path in the art of storytelling.”

WLRN-Miami Herald News also was named a finalist in 15 categories for the 2013 Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Awards. Winners will be announced next week.

“We feel thrilled and humbled by the honor,” said Dan Grech, news director of WLRN-Miami Herald News. “I couldn’t be prouder of the team.”

Alicia Zuckerman, a senior editor at WLRN-Miami Herald News, said working on the Hurricane Andrew news series and documentary was a collective win for the team of radio producers, editors and reporters. “Remembering Andrew” also won second place for a National Headliner Award.

“It was really a combination of old-fashioned beat reporting and modern social multimedia,” Zuckerman said. For months, the team collected memories from people who lived through Hurricane Andrew. Two decades later, the story still resonated with the community.

Said Terence Shepherd, the radio station’s news editor: “Journalism is about helping the community learn about each other.”

WLRN-Miami Herald News is now a finalist for the national Edward R. Murrow Awards, which will be judged over the summer. Since 1971, the Edward R. Murrow awards have recognized television and radio journalists for their work in electronic news.

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