New England Public Media gains Murrow Award; four Emmy nods

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SPRINGFIELD — New England Public Media, the new alliance of NEPR and PBS televison station WGBY, has received a regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association.

In addition, WGBY's weeknight program, "Connecting Point," has received four Boston/New England Emmy Award nominations from the National Academy of Television and Arts Sciences

The Murrow Award-winning story, "Testimony Raises Questions About Drinking by Police at Springfield, Mass., Headquarters," produced by NEPM senior reporter Karen Brown, first aired on Nov. 6, 2019.

The award came in the category Hard News in the Small Market Radio in Region 10 (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont). The story now moves on to RTDNA's national round.

Brown's story included an interview with Stephanie Barry, a reporter with The Republican newspaper who has written extensively on allegations of misconduct by Springfield police.

"Karen's story, on top of the strong reporting from The Republican, really speaks to the importance of having robust newsrooms across the region," NEPR news director Sam Hudzik said in a news release issued Thursday[MAY 21].

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The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971.

"Connecting Point" — which airs on WGBY weeknights at 7 p.m. — received Emmy nods for:.

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- "Holyoke's Hal Blaine," News Specialty Report-Arts/Entertainment;

- "Avery Saffold: 1 Of 7," News Specialty Report-Sports News;

- "From Pittsfield To Pearl Harbor," Historical/Cultural-Feature/Segment;

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— and "The Climbing Connection," Video Journalist-No Time Limit.

All four segments were produced by :Connecting Point's" Ross Lippman as "field pieces."

"We take people to places they can't go and introduce them to things they normally wouldn't see," said "Connecting Point" executive producer Tony Dunne. "It's wonderful to see our work in the community recognized by our peers in the industry."

"It's gratifying to see acknowledgement of the value of what we do, particularly now when trusted local news is more important than ever," said Martin Miller, president of New England Public Media,

Originally planned as a live event on June 13. The 43rd Annual Boston/New England Emmy Awards Ceremony, instead will be presented as a virtual event.


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