Reporter Mike Sugerman took home the regional award for Excellence in Video in the Radio Division for his Sweet Spot feature about a Harlem woman who bought a hat factory, saving dozens of jobs.

The RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast and digital journalism with the annual Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Murrow was a journalism pioneer who set the standards for the highest quality of broadcast journalism.

“Public trust in journalism is threatened by a lack of understanding about the reporting process,” said RTDNA Chairman Jerry Walsh. “The Edward R. Murrow Awards are an opportunity for our industry to showcase what well trained, ethical local journalists are doing to better our communities on behalf of the public. We invite viewers and readers to learn more about the reporting process behind each of these stories, and to know this same process is happening every single day in preparation for every single newscast.”

“The journalists behind this year’s awards have a deep connection to the communities where they live,” said Dan Shelley, RTDNA’s Executive Director. “Their reporting demonstrated a level of care for and awareness of their communities that isn’t always popular to highlight when we talk about journalism. The stories they told go deeper than the surface of problems and celebrations, and gave viewers insight into topics and places they may not encounter in their daily lives. The Edward R. Murrow Awards demonstrate how journalists help us break out of our echo chambers, and contribute to productive public dialogue that brings communities together for positive change.”

For a full list of winners, CLICK HERE. All regional winners will advance to the National Murrow Award competition.

National winners will be announced in June.


Neil A. Carousso contributed to each of these stories as a WCBS Newsradio 880 producer and video editor.