‘Louisiana Purchased’ wins national Edward R. Murrow Award. The honors continued Wednesday (June 11) for “Louisiana Purchased,” the joint investigation by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune and New Orleans Fox network affiliate WVUE into the state’s campaign finance practices, which won a national Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association. WVUE also won a 2014 national Murrow Award for its “Body of Evidence” investigation, in the category Continuing Coverage, Small Market Television. “Louisiana Purchased” won in the category News Series, Small Market Television.
Earlier this year, the “Louisiana Purchased” investigation won national Peabody and Headliner Awards, as well as three regional Murrow Awards. WWL-TV, WDSU, WVUE and New Orleans NPR affiliate WWNO FM-89.9 also won regional Murrow awards.
The Murrows honor “outstanding achievements in electronic journalism,” according to the RTDNA website, by recognizing work that demonstrates “the spirit of excellence” that CBS newsman Murrow “set as a standard for the profession of electronic journalism.”
“We are proud of our partnership with WVUE and the public-service journalism we have produced together, which is already yielding results for the citizens of Louisiana,” said Jim Amoss, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune’s editor.
“I’m extremely proud of our accomplishments,” said Mikel Schaefer, WVUE’s news director. “We are humbled to win for two separate investigations. This is further validation of the important work we are doing for our viewers in southeast Louisiana and Mississippi.”
CBS News led the totals in the network competition, with eight awards distributed among “The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley,” “60 Minutes” and CBS Radio News.