Saturday, May 19, 2012

Murrow Award Evening

Cile Prestamo, John Freidah and me.

A fine evening May 18 at the Newton, Mass., Marriott, receiving the Edward R. Murrow Award for best online documentary, New England Region, from the Radio Television Digital News Association. This for COMING HOME, our documentary about veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars that has been broadcast on Rhode Island PBS and nominated for a New England Emmy.

Sat next to a table with some friends from Providence WPRI, Channel 12, with whom The Providence Journal has a professional relationship. And there was award-winning investigative reporter Tim White, son of the late Jack, who won a Pulitzer while at the Journal and who was a friend of mine, starting with our days together at the Cape Cod Times. I wrote Jack's obituary when he died suddenly in 2005. A good man, as is his son.

And we saw many folks from The Boston Globe, including Thea Breite, who once worked at the Journal. The Globe won several online awards. They and we were the only newspapers represented in this room full of broadcast journalists -- wolves at the door! You will see more papers creeping in as media continues to reinvent... Simmons College and the Associated Press broadcast division also presented awards.

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