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Univision snags first Edward R. Murrow Award

Marking a first for a Spanish-language web, Univision Network News has won a 1997 Edward R. Murrow Award in the network newscast category for its coverage of the Olympic bombing in Atlanta, the Radio-Television News Directors Association announced Thursday. The Murrow Awards are bestowed annually to recognize excellence in electronic journalism.

Univision’s recognition for its Atlanta bombing coverage was particularly notable “because it was a story everyone was competing very hard on,” Barbara Cochran, prexy of the Washington D.C.-based RTNDA, told Daily Variety. The winning coverage for the network newscast (first awarded in 1995) was anchored by Jorge Ramos in Miami and reported by Maria Elena Salinas in Atlanta.

NBC lead all networks, winning in five Murrow categories. The Peacock network’s “Dateline NBC” program was honored in the television network/syndication service/program service division in the categories of spot news coverage, investigative reporting, feature reporting, sports reporting and news series.

ABC’s “Nightline” was selected in the continuing coverage category and for news documentary for its mag “Turning Point.” ABC News Radio was also honored in the overall excellence, newscast, continuing coverage and feature categories.

All 52 Murrow Awards will be presented at a ceremony in New Orleans on Sept. 17. Walter Cronkite will emcee.

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