13 WREX has been awarded two prestigious regional Edward R. Murrow awards.
13 News Anchor Kristin Crowley's investigation into Rock River Academy won for Investigative Reporting and 13 News Marketing Manager Kyle Yonkers' series on BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding & Educational Center won for Use of Sound/Video.
The awards were announced Thursday morning by the Radio Television Digital News Association. The Edward R. Murrow Awards recognize outstanding achievement in electronic journalism. WREX was the only station in the Rockford region to be recognized.
"There is nothing more rewarding than to see our staff's hard work and dedication to telling original, important stories be recognized with these prestigious awards," 13 WREX News Director Josh Morgan said. "We will continue to dedicate our work to best serve the Rockford region and continue to be Your News Leader."
The Investigative Reporting category recognizes original and outstanding journalistic enterprise on an important issue. Kristin Crowley's investigation into Rock River Academy, a local mental health facility for girls, revealed nearly 800 police reports over an 8-year span including accusations of rape and aggravated assault. Illinois Department of Child and Family Services has since ended its contract with the Rockford facility and it is set to close in the coming month.
The Use of Sound/Video category recognizes creative use of sound and video to tell a story. Kyle Yonkers shot, edited and produced a three-part series taking viewers inside the incredible programs being offered at BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding & Educational Center. His stories were told exclusively through the voices of people who work, volunteer and attend BraveHearts.
Both regional awards will now advance to the national competition and will be judged against winners from other regions across the country.