The Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism announced today that TVW won a 2013 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.
Judges said TVW was selected for “compelling, fair and very visual treatment of issues affecting the state.”
TVW produces shows examining Washington state politics, including Inside Olympia hosted by Austin Jenkins, The Impact hosted by Anita Kissee, and Legislative Review hosted by Christina Salerno. The award also recognized TVW’s hour-long documentary about coal, Coal Crossroads, as well as the station’s civic education program Capitol Classroom, and this blog, The Capitol Record.
TVW was the only station to receive the award in the local public station category.
TVW President Greg Lane said in a press release today that he is “honored and thrilled” by the announcement.
“We strive to produce engaging, balanced and in-depth programs that inform our viewers about important issues and help them understand how those issues might impact their lives,” he said. “It’s extremely gratifying to have that work acknowledged on the national stage.”
“This award highlights the positive and increasingly valuable role that independent state public affairs networks like TVW play as trusted, balanced and unbiased sources of information about state issues and politics, especially given the decrease of reporting that is taking place by other media in statehouses around the country. I only wish more states had them,” Lane said.
The awards are named for longtime CBS anchor Walter Cronkite, and are given every two years “to recognize television journalism” that helps viewers understand political candidates, ballot propositions, campaign information and how to “make their own voices heard.”
Other 2013 Cronkite Award recipients include CNN, ABC News, Northwest Cable News (NWCN), BET, Univision, and six other local broadcast stations from across the country. To view the winning entries, visit www.cronkiteaward.org.