NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - WVUE/FOX 8 has been honored by the Radio Television Digital News Association with seven 2015 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, including the prestigious Overall Excellence award.
Kristen Soroe received an award in the "Newscast" category, an award recognizing a full and regularly scheduled newscast. Kristen produced the 10 p.m. show on February 12, 2014. The show featured the verdict in former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin's federal corruption trial. A jury found him guilty on 20 of 21, including bribery, money laundering and fraud. Nagin was later sentenced to 10 years in prison.
The second winner was in the "Investigative Reporting" category for "Louisiana Purchased," our joint investigation with NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. The "Louisiana Purchased" team includes Lee Zurik, Tom Wright, Jon Turnipseed, Manuel Torres from NOLA.com|The Times Picayune, Mike Schaefer and Greg Phillips. The collaboration, which began in mid 2013, is a comprehensive and systematic review of the influence of money in Louisiana politics. It's an unflinching look behind the curtain at the true brokers of political power, the perks they offer and the payback they demand.
Natasha Robin and Lance Washington received an award in the "Hard News" category for "Mean Streets." The CrimeTracker Investigation broke down armed robberies in the New Orleans area. The investigation reported the numbers – the location and time of day – for every armed robbery from Jan. 1 until Oct. 1 of 2014.
The "FOX 8 Defenders: Limo Investigation" received an award in the "Continuing Coverage" category. The team includes Shelley Brown, Tommy Adams and Lance Washington. The story follows a Louisiana limousine company. A bride detailed her "nightmarish" ride aboard a bus reserved through Louisiana Limousine Inc.. After several follow-up reports, a judge fined AAA Louisiana Limo, a Marrero company doing business as Louisiana Limousine, Inc., a $2,000 fine. The investigation is still ongoing.
In the "News Series" category, "Holding Officials Accountable" received an award. The winning team includes Lee Zurik, Tom Wright, Jon Turnipseed, Mike Schaefer and Greg Phillips. The series uncovered questionable spending and practices by elected officials and workers who were taxpayer money.
Dave McNamara was honored in the "Use of Video" category for his work in his "Heart of Louisiana" series. The series features hidden gems found in the state through breathtaking visuals. From unique looks at historic buildings to modern day musicians keeping old traditions alive, the stories and video appeal to almost everyone. Click here for more.
The "Overall Excellence" measures stations by day-to-day news coverage, breaking news coverage, continuing coverage, feature news, weather and web presence. It reflects the depth and scope of a news organization.
Edward R. Murrow Awards recognize the very best work in television, radio and online journalism.