GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) is recognizing the work of the KARE 11 News team with 10 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for the station's work in 2020.
"Among the most prestigious 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," RTDNA writes about the awards on its website. "Murrow Award winning work demonstrates the excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession."
For the fourth consecutive year, KARE 11 was awarded for Overall Excellence, which recognizes the station's broadcast and digital news accomplishments in the previous year.
KARE 11's news coverage following the death of George Floyd was also recognized with awards for Digital coverage and Breaking News, which included reporting on the unrest in Minneapolis in the days following Floyd's death.
The KARE 11 Investigates team of reporters A.J. Lagoe, Brandon Stahl, photojournalist Gary Knox, and executive producer Steve Eckert were awarded for best News Series for its "Cruel & Unusual" reports, which was also recently nominated for a prestigious Peabody Award.
Reporter Karla Hult and photojournalist Jason Steussy were recognized for a series that was very personal for Karla and her family, "So Many Goodbyes: An Alzheimer's Journey," which was awarded in the categories of Hard News and News Documentary.
Reporter Heidi Wigdahl and a team of KARE 11 photojournalists were honored for Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for "Real Minneapolis."
Reporter Boyd Huppert and photojournalist Chad Nelson won Murrow awards, for Feature Reporting for "Mr. Little Guy" and Excellence in Video for "Holly & Greenie." In addition, Boyd was honored once again with the award for Excellence in Writing.
Together, KARE 11 and fellow stations within parent company TEGNA were awarded with 86 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for reporting in 2020.