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KWWL wins prestigious regional Edward R. Murrow Award for derecho coverage

WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) – The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) today announced the regional winners of the 2021 Edward R. Murrow Awards.

KWWL was honored with the award for Continuing Coverage of the August 10th, 2020 Iowa Derecho.

KWWL competes in the Region Five Small Market Television category which includes stations in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. KWWL’s entry was a compilation of continuing coverage of the devastating derecho that tore through the Eastern Iowa viewing area on August 10th, 2020.

KWWL’s coverage was branded as “The Road To Recovery” and extensively covered the clean-up efforts in the days, weeks and months after the derecho.

To this day, KWWL continues to provide “Road To Recovery” updates on a weekly basis since this was such an impactful, historic event for so many Eastern Iowa viewers.

“The regional RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Award recipients we announce today produced extraordinary journalism that brought clarity and context to 2020’s biggest news stories,” RTDNA Chairwoman Andrea Stahlman said. “The winning work demonstrates dedication, determination, and a commitment to the highest ethical standards enshrined in RTDNA’s Code of Ethics.”

“The story of the derecho isn’t just about the day it hit or its immediate aftermath,” said KWWL News Director Allison Gibson. “Our team told the stories of recovery and resiliency, of our communities overcoming obstacles. This award is about the people we serve and I’m humbled to be recognized in this way for our efforts.”

“Informing our viewers and providing continuing coverage for events like the derecho is exactly what local broadcasters do,” said KWWL Vice President and General Manager John Huff. “I’m very proud of our KWWL news team and entire staff for all they contributed to this coverage. Whether it was in the field, in the studio or behind the scenes, it was truly a team effort.”

RTDNA Chairwoman Andrea Stahlman said, “The winning work demonstrates dedication, determination and a commitment to the highest ethical standards enshrined in RTDNA’s Code of Ethics.”

Regional winners automatically move on to the national round of consideration. Among the most prestigious awards in news, the Murrow Awards recognize local and national news stories that uphold the RTDNA Code of Ethics, demonstrate technical expertise and exemplify the importance and impact of journalism as a service to the community.

Find a complete list of Region 5 winners here and more information about RDNA here.

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