KOMO News wins 8 Edward R. Murrow awards

SEATTLE -- KOMO News has received eight Edward R. Murrow regional competition awards, including wins for "Overall Excellence" in both the TV and radio categories in the five-state Northwest region.

The Edward R. Murrow awards, presented by the Radio-Television News Directors Association, have honored outstanding achievements in journalism since 1971.

KOMO 4 News won the Breaking News award for coverage of the May Day riots in Seattle, the Investigative Reporting award for our ongoing series about problems with the new 520 Bridge, the Documentary award for Eric Johnson's "Touch The Wall" profile of swimmer Marin Morrison's courageous battle against a debilitating disease, and the Overall Excellence award.

News Director Holly Gauntt said it was wonderful to be honored in both the TV and radio categories.

"It speaks to the incredible talent of our teams and the synergy between them. We are so fortunate to have such a talented group of journalists who do outstanding work day in and day out."

This marks the sixth year in a row that KOMO has been honored with the Investigative Reporting award.

"Tracy Vedder and Sarah Garza worked extremely hard getting to the bottom of the problems with the 520 pontoons," Gauntt said. "Roadblocks were constantly thrown up but they got around them and got to the truth. It shows the power of the Problem Solver brand and our commitment to hold government responsible."

KOMO Newsradio won the Best Newscast category for coverage of the movie theater shootings in Aurora, Colo., Breaking News for coverage of the shooting spree at Cafe Racer in Seattle, Continuing Coverage for reporting on the death of Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu, and the Overall Excellence award in the radio category.

"What excites me most is that these are team awards," said KOMO Newsradio Program Director Paul Duckworth. "This is an amazing group - experienced, tireless and dedicated - all that matters is getting the story right."