WSHU News Team Wins Prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award and Other Honors

News Story: June 1, 2011

WSHU Public Radio’s Mark Herz—reporter and local host of All Things Considered—has won a prestigious 2011 National Edward R. Murrow Award for his two-part story entitled “Policing the Mentally Ill.”   

The announcement was made by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), which bestows the honors.  The awards honor excellence in electronic journalism; this year, 95 awards were given to 62 news organizations.

Herz’s compelling radio story depicted how police are trained to deal with mentally ill people.  The piece took listeners first to a training session where officers experienced what it’s like to “hear voices,” and then out on patrol with a New Haven officer who was putting his training into practice. 

In recent years, WSHU has recognized the importance of local news, and through a commitment to its Local News Initiative, worked diligently to elevate the quality, and increase the quantity, of its local coverage.  WSHU General Manager George Lombardi says, “Our goal is to intelligently and thoroughly report on the issues that affect our communities.  We are gratified that our reporters’ work is being honored by prestigious news organizations.”

In addition to the Murrow Award, this year WSHU reporters won a number of prestigious Connecticut Associated Press Broadcasters Association awards:

  • Mark Herz, First Prize, Feature Category for “Yale Carillon”
  • Mark Herz, First Prize, Enterprise Category for “Policing the mentally ill”
  • Ebong Udoma, Honorable Mention, Enterprise Category for “Democrats hope WWE video clips hurt Linda McMahon’s campaign”
  • Craig LeMoult, Honorable Mention, Feature Category for “Pez candy obsession”
  • Craig LeMoult, Honorable Mention, Enterprise Category for “Towns consider deer hunting in parks”

This is WSHU’s second national Edward R. Murrow Award.  Reporter Charles Lane won the honor last year for his in-depth series on violence against Latinos on Long Island.

WSHU Public Radio Group is a non-commercial, member-supported radio station which brings the best in public broadcasting to over 322,400* listeners in Connecticut and Long Island.  WSHU airs National Public Radio (NPR) programs such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Car Talk, as well as local classical music programming and in-depth news coverage on stations including WSHU 91.1 FM, WSHU 1260 AM, and on-line at www.wshu.org

* Source: Arbitron National Regional Database Spring 2010, P12+ M-Su 6a-12 midnight