When a spring windstorm blew across Michigan and knocked out power to thousands of people across the area in March of 2017, the staff of 6 News was there to keep people informed about what was happening across the area.
Their efforts impressed the Radio Television Digital News Association, which honored WLNS-TV with a Regional Murrow award for Best Newscast for its “6 News at 6” show that day.
The Murrow awards are recognized as among the most prestigious in broadcast journalism. Edward R. Murrow, for whom the award is named, was a legendary journalist for CBS News. RTDNA made the announcement today, on what would have been his 110th birthday.
WLNS-TV beat out small market stations (outside the top 50 markets in America, as measured by the number of potential viewers) in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio to win the award.
“We set high standards for ourselves,” said News Director Jam Sardar. “I’m honored and gratified that the RTDNA recognized that and chose to honor us for our hard work.”
“At a time when it’s fashionable to bash so-called mainstream media, it’s more important than ever to recognize the extraordinary work of dedicated journalists who serve communities across our country,” said RTDNA Chairman Scott Libin. “In cities large and small, representing a wide variety of ownership groups, these news organizations show why Americans trust local journalists to report fairly and accurately about issues that matter.”
It’s the station’s 6th Regional Murrow award in the last three years. WLNS won three in 2016 and two in 2017.
The newscast featured strong weather coverage, news coverage of a historic church that cracked under the force of the winds, the effect of the winds in Jackson, and the response by Consumers Energy to restore power. It also featured numerous viewer photos of wind damage and the latest developments in the lawsuit against the former MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.
The show will now go up against newscast winners in other regions to compete for the national Murrow award.
That same newscast was also honored as the Best Newscast by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. It was also recognized by the Associated Press.