Jesse Kurtz Honored with Edward R. Murrow Regional Award

April 18, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Mountain West Digital Network Executive Producer Jesse Kurtz has been named a recipient of one of the most prestigious awards in broadcast journalism with the announcement of the 2013 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards today. Kurtz was recognized in the 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. Kurtz, who joined the MW staff in October 2012, earned the honor for a feature story he produced during his tenure as Sports Director at KKTV, a CBS affiliate, in Colorado Springs. The segment, "Will to Walk," aired in May 2012, and highlighted the inspirational journey of Jalen Kinloch, a local high school baseball athlete who was paralyzed following a freak on-field accident during practice.

This marks the sixth regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Kurtz, who was also recognized as the National Murrow Award winner for sports reporting in 2010. Widely respected by his peers as a versatile broadcaster, Kurtz has also worked as a sideline reporter for nationally-televised 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.

In his role at the Mountain West, 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 anchor, Kurtz produces weekly news content and features on the Conference and its member institutions.

As a regional award winner, Kurtz is automatically entered in the national Edward R. Murrow Awards competition, which will be judged during the summer. National awards will be presented at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City in October.