QUINCY -- WGEM News was honored Tuesday with the Edward R. Murrow Award, one of the most prestigious awards in broadcast journalism.
The award, presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association, honors outstanding achievements in electronic journalism. WGEM News was chosen for the award over stations in multiple states and now advances to national judging, which also includes national network entries.
WGEM News received the Breaking News award, which specifically honors the news team's coverage of a May 2018 officer-involved shooting in Quincy, resulting in the death of a suspect. The officer's actions were found to be justified.
"Immediately following the shooting, our journalists provided neighbors with important information about their immediate safety," WGEM News Director Chad Mahoney said. "Then, our team worked to dig deeper into the story. We looked into the suspect's history, the officer's experience, body camera policies and historical data on recent officer-involved shootings."
Since 2014, WGEM News has been presented five Murrow awards, including a national award for Breaking News.
The Radio Television Digital News Association said Murrow's pursuit of excellence in journalism embodies the spirit of the awards that carry his name. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the electronic news profession.