The Walter Cronkite Awards for Excellence in Television Political Journalism celebrate the indispensable role the free press plays in the health of American democracy.
Four Tegna TV stations earned Walter Cronkite Awards for Excellence in Television Political Journalism from USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism’s Norman Lear Center, more than any other news organization in the country.
The awards celebrate the indispensable role the free press plays in the health of American democracy.
Lilia Luciano of KXTV, the ABC affiliate in Sacramento, Calif., was recognized for her work in Puerto Rico Rises, a four-part special on the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
The jury praised her reporting for taking “viewers into the eye of two storms — one of nature, and one political.”
Noah Pransky, investigative reporter while at WTSP, the CBS affiliate in Tampa, Fla., was recognized for Zombie Campaigns, an innovative local journalism collaboration with the Tampa Bay Times newspaper.
Together, WTSP and the Tampa Bay Times analyzed more than 1 million records detailing the spending of former U.S. lawmakers and federal candidates and exposed that more than 100 of the campaigns were still spending, even though their candidates’ political careers had ended.
As a result, the Federal Elections Commission has changed the review process of campaign spending once a politician has left office. Zombie Campaigns was also recognized with a 2019 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Journalism Award.
KUSA, the NBC affiliate in Denver, won its fourth Brooks Jackson Prize for Fact-Checking Political Messages in the local broadcast category.
The jury called out reporter Brandon Rittiman for his “straightforward” segments and reporter Marshall Zelinger for his “viewer-friendly approach to fact-checking political ads.”
WFAA, the ABC affiliate in Dallas, received its second Cronkite win for the station’s overall commitment to political coverage.
WFAA’s award recognizes the station’s overall commitment to political coverage that included state-wide debates, roundtable discussions, truth tests and long-form reporting pieces on national security at the southern border. WFAA reporters and producers delivered political coverage of the 2018 mid-term election that was hailed by the jury as “creative, diverse, thought-provoking and entertaining.”
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