MANCHESTER -WMUR was been recognized both regionally and nationally recently for sound and writing on a number of projects.
The station earned three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for its Commitment 2020 political coverage, and for excellence in sound and writing work on two New Hampshire Chronicle stories. These honors were a part of the 31 regional Murrow awards earned by sister Hearst Television stations around the country; they represent parent company Hearst Television's largest collection of Murrow awards in more than a dozen years.
The Murrow Awards are presented annually by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) to recognize the best electronic journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world.
WMUR anchor and host of the station's nightly magazine program NH Chronicle, Erin Fehalu won a Gracie Award for her Chronicle story on the state's women aviators. This is the 45th year Gracie Awards have been given to recognize exemplary programming created by, for and about women.
Last week, work produced by the WMUR team garnered 16 regional Emmy nominations. The work included breaking news, continuing coverage, political, crime and feature reporting, local lifestyle programming and station promotion. Emmy winners are usually announced in June, however, this year's award ceremony has been canceled and alternate plans have not yet been released.
In April, WMUR also won three national Headliner Awards, including a first-place finish for its public service special program "Project CommUNITY: Shining a Light on Mental Health." Its social media efforts and feature storytelling were also recognized. The Headliner Awards is one of the oldest and largest contests in the country which celebrates journalistic merit in the communications industry.
"We are incredibly proud of our team for what we have accomplished in the past year," said WMUR-TV President & General Manager Jeff Bartlett, "But we are also incredibly proud of them for what they are doing right now to cover the coronavirus story which is affecting everyone in a wide variety of ways."