OKLAHOMA CITY -- Gary England and NEWS 9's weather team were presented with a prestigious Edward R. Murrow award Monday night in New York City.
Fifty-one news organizations were honored with 79 Edward R. Murrow awards at the dinner and ceremony held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel downtown.
Presenters and speakers at the dinner included John Roberts, CNN, Steve Capus, NBC News, Russ Mitchell, CBS News, Linda Ellerbee, Nick News, Eric Lerner, KIRO-TV, Natalie Morales, NBC News, Brian Ross, ABC News and Jim Farley, WTOP-FM.
Gary England, the NEWS 9 storm coverage team and supporting staff were honored as best in the nation in the category of Breaking News-Weather Coverage. The Radio-Television News Directors Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971.
“This is as good as it gets in television. A national Edward R. Murrow Award is the ultimate in our business. This was a team effort that involved personnel from several NEWS 9 departments. I’m so proud to be a part of an organization that does such a terrific, professional job keeping Oklahomans safe from the storm," said Director of Meteorology Gary England.
NEWS 9’s entry for Breaking News-Weather Coverage of the tornado outbreak on May 24, 2008, was chosen from competition among all large television markets. The winning entry included extraordinary video of a six hour tornado event that produced multiple large tornadoes just north of the Oklahoma City metro.
Murrow’s pursuit of excellence in journalism embodies the spirit of the awards that carry his name. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession.