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KTAR News wins three Edward R. Murrow Awards, including back-to-back years for overall excellence

Smoke billows after Phoenix police used tear gas outside the Phoenix Convention Center, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Phoenix. Protests were held against President Donald Trump as he hosted a rally inside the convention center. (AP Photo/Matt York)

PHOENIX — The KTAR newsroom won three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, it was announced Wednesday.

KTAR News 92.3 won awards for overall excellence, breaking news coverage and sports reporting.

“At a time when it’s fashionable to bash so-called mainstream media, it’s more important than ever to recognize the extraordinary work of dedicated journalists who serve communities across our country,” said Radio Television Digital News Association Chairman Scott Libin.

The overall excellence award encompasses breaking news, continuing coverage, features and a web presence that reflects the depth of the newsroom.

“I’m thrilled that the KTAR News content teams are being recognized for the remarkable and important work that we see them produce each day,” said VP/Market Manager for Bonneville Phoenix Scott Sutherland.

“To win back-to-back overall excellence awards is a tremendous accomplishment that highlights the entire KTAR news, talk and digital teams efforts and their relentless commitment to cover the vital stories that impact our community.”

The breaking news award was for the team coverage of President Donald Trump’s visit to Phoenix in August.

KTAR News was downtown setting the scene throughout with multiple reporters on the ground. After the rally is when law enforcement blocked protesters from storming towards the attendees. In doing so they released tear gas and pepper balls. Reporters were in the middle of the chaos as it played out.

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KTAR News‘ final award came in the sports reporting category. KTAR News‘ Sharon Mittelman won the award for her October feature piece on Arizona Diamondbacks organist Bobby Freeman during last year’s lead-up to the baseball playoffs.

“Each year RTDNA is proud to honor the very best in broadcast and digital journalism through the Edward R. Murrow Awards and, by extension, highlight to the public why outstanding responsible journalism is essential to their daily lives,” said Dan Shelley, RTDNA Executive Director.

The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971.

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