13 WREX has been awarded two Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, including the top honor of Overall Excellence in Region 7. The other award was for News Documentary.
The awards were announced Tuesday morning by the Radio Television Digital News Association. The Edward R. Murrow Awards recognize outstanding achievement in electronic journalism. 13 WREX was the only station in the Rockford area to receive recognition.
The Overall Excellence category recognizes a station for the totality of its journalistic efforts, including breaking news, continuing coverage, weather, sports, community service and digital media, among others. 13 WREX’s submission included work from its coverage of the devastating April 9 tornadoes, its reporting on the ongoing affordable housing issue in Rockford, as well as the three major community service events the station hosted in 2015.
The News Documentary category recognizes a program or segment that addresses a need or needs of the community. 13 WREX was recognized in this category for its 30-minute news special, “Digging Deeper: Understanding Extremism.” This program aired in February 2015 after a Rockford woman was indicted and arrested on charges of supporting terrorism. The special included exclusive, original reporting on the case as well as multiple sit-down conversations with religious leaders and terrorism experts.
"There is nothing more rewarding than to see our staff's hard work and dedication pay off with recognition by our peers in this respected competition," 13 WREX News Director Josh Morgan said. “To be named the winner of Overall Excellence is both humbling and exciting. We couldn’t be more proud.”
This marks the second straight year that 13 WREX has been honored with two Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. Both regional awards will now advance to the national competition and will be judged against winners from other regions across the country. Winners of the national competition will be announced sometime in June.