WAFB wins 4 Edward R. Murrow Awards

WAFB wins 4 Edward R. Murrow Awards
The WAFB 9NEWS team has been awarded four regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The WAFB 9NEWS team has been awarded four regional Edward R. Murrow Awards including Best Newscast, Excellence in Sound, Excellence in Video and Best Feature.

WAFB competed against television stations in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas.

The awards will now be judged on a national level with national winners announced later this year.

The Best Newscast award was for WAFB's 9NEWS at 5 p.m. for the February coverage of tornadoes across the viewing area.

The Excellence in Sound and Excellence in Video were for a report entitled "Donna's Voice" which showed how WAFB Anchor Donna Britt is working with a team at LSU to record her voice as she battles ALS. WAFB photojournalist Robert Hollins shot and edited the piece.

And the Best Feature award was for WAFB's piece entitled "The Backyard of Nathan Harvey." Photojournalist Derron Daquano and Reporter Greg Meriwether told the heartwarming story of how a band helped a local family make sure their beloved family member would always live on in their own backyard.

RELATED: Full list of regional winners

The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast and digital journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971, according to the group's website.

Murrow's pursuit of excellence in journalism embodies the spirit of the awards that carry his name, award organizers said.

Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession, organizers said.

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