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Channel 3 honored with two Edward R. Murrow Awards

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - For the third year in a row, the most prestigious awards in electronic journalism are coming to Chattanooga.

The Radio Television Digital News Association announced on Thursday that WRCB-TV earned two Edward R. Murrow Awards for the region that includes Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, and West Virginia.

The station won in the Documentary category and the Hard News category in 2013.

A record number of award entries were submitted, and judges selected winners in 13 regions across the United States and from international entrants across the globe.

"For more than 40 years, the Edward R. Murrow Award has honored the best of electronic journalism," said Mike Cavender, Executive Director of RTDNA. "This year's winners represent the outstanding work being done in local newsrooms, which we are proud to recognize."

WRCB-TV earned the Overall Excellence Award in 2012 and the Hard News Award in 2011.

"To win one Murrow is an honor. To see this staff win four in three years in three different categories shows the depth of excellence at Channel 3," said WRCB News Director Derrall Stalvey. 

"I am proud to be on a team that is committed to the community and hard news coverage."

WRCB partnered with Chattanooga PBS-affiliate WTCI-TV and the Chattanooga Times Free Press in production of the bully event.

"Our coverage on the Bully Battle involved no fewer than 30 people across several departments in the station as well as a great community partners like WTCI-PBS and the Chattanooga Times Free Press; it was truly a collaborative effort" said WRCB President and General Manager Tom Tolar.

The station decided to begin an in-depth project on bullying after education anchor David Carroll first reported the story of a local teenager who committed suicide. His parents believe bullying was the cause. The highlight of the project was Bully Battle: A Town Hall meeting where educators, students, experts and the community gathered to discuss solutions.

"The issue of school bullying deserves this attention; we are just one facilitator of the conversation and I hope the conversation continues," said David Carroll.

The station maintains a special website with resources and the full HD version of its town hall meeting at www.bullybattle.com.

The station won in the hard news category for its story involving a mom who delivered her child at home just hours after being released from a local hospital. Anchor Callie Starnes and Photojournalist Kevin Smith worked on the story.

Click here for the complete list of 2013 Edward R. Murrow regional winners.

WUTC-FM earned a Murrow Award in the radio documentary category. WRCB was the only Chattanooga television station to earn a Murrow Award.

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