COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Mountain West Network has been named a recipient of one of the most prestigious awards in broadcast journalism with the announcement of the 2014 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards today, presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). The MWN was recognized in the Small Online News Organization-Video Sports Reporting category for Region 3, which includes Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
The awards recognize work of the highest quality produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world. The MWN earned the honor for a feature story by executive producer Jesse Kurtz about Air Force head women's volleyball coach Matt McShane and his wife, Dana, following the loss of their home in a June 2013 wildfire. The segment, "Falcon Spirit Helps Coach Rebuild," which aired in August 2013, documents the McShanes' terrifying escape from the most destructive fire in Colorado history, and how the Falcon volleyball squad has aided in the recovery.
This marks the seventh regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Kurtz, who was also recognized as the National Murrow Award winner for sports reporting in 2010 while at KKTV Channel 11 in Colorado Springs. Widely respected by his peers as a versatile broadcaster, Kurtz has also worked as a sideline reporter for NFL games and college basketball contests, and a color analyst for college football radio broadcasts. From 2007-2010, he served as a Top 25 voter for College Football's Harris Poll.
Kurtz joined the Mountain West in October 2012. As executive producer, Kurtz is responsible for supervising the creation of unique audio and visual content for the Conference's new digital network. In addition to serving as the network's primary anchor, Kurtz produces weekly news content and features on the Conference and its member institutions.
The RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession of electronic journalism.
As a regional award winner, the Mountain West Network is automatically entered in the national Edward R. Murrow Awards competition, which will be judged in May. National awards will be presented at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City on October 6.