AUSTIN, Texas (August 12, 2022) – KXAN-TV, the NBC affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group, Inc. serving the Austin, TX market (DMA #37), announced today that the top-rated, market-leading news organization won three 2022 national Edward R. Murrow Awards.
The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) awarded KXAN and KXAN.com with its highest honors in the Digital, Excellence in Innovation and Podcast categories. This is the second time KXAN has won this prestigious news award, previously winning two in 2020. With its three honors this year, KXAN won more National Murrow Awards than any other large market broadcast television station in the nation.
The Winning Entries:
Excellence in Innovation
This investigative project used multiple platforms – including an immersive, rolling data story – to examine Texas’ mental hospital backlog.
KXAN won for a varied collection of comprehensive, investigative projects.
- Mental Competency Consequences
- Justice for Some
- Locked in Limbo: Moving Forward
- Missing in Texas
- Risky Rides
This investigative podcast explored transparency concerns when suspects die in custody- and featured KXAN investigators testifying before the state legislature about challenges the team faced while compiling its reports.
Eric Lassberg, VP and General Manager of KXAN said, “Winning 3 national awards of this caliber is a testament to the quality of our in-depth, investigative journalism. Being recognized in the news industry at this level is an honor, but even better is knowing how much our work empowers the audience.”
KXAN News Director Haley Cihock added, “These awards represent the best of what KXAN News offers: innovation and insights that bring about meaningful change in our community.”
The Murrow Award is one of the most prestigious honors in the news industry and the RTDNA presents these awards annually to the best journalists from television, radio and online news organizations. Awardees are recognized as those that “uphold the RTDNA Code of Ethics, demonstrate technical expertise and exemplify the importance and impact of journalism as a service to the community,” according to the RTDNA.
About KXAN News
KXAN News is dedicated to serving the community by delivering in-depth investigative coverage that gets results for Central Texans and provides quality storytelling on all platforms. To learn more about KXAN, please visit KXAN.com.
About Nexstar Media Group, Inc.
Nexstar Media Group (NASDAQ: NXST) is a leading diversified media company that leverages localism to bring new services and value to consumers and advertisers through its traditional media, digital and mobile media platforms. Its wholly owned operating subsidiary, Nexstar Inc., consists of three divisions: Broadcasting, Digital, and Networks. The Broadcasting Division operates, programs, or provides sales and other services to 198 television stations and related digital multicast signals reaching 116 markets or approximately 39% of all U.S. television households (reflecting the FCC’s UHF discount). The division’s portfolio includes primary affiliates of NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, MyNetworkTV and The CW. The Digital Division operates 122 local websites and 316 mobile apps offering hyper-local content and verticals for consumers and advertisers, allowing audiences to choose where, when and how they access content and creating new revenue opportunities for the company. The Networks Division operates WGN America, a growing national general entertainment cable network and the home of NewsNation, multicast network Antenna TV, and WGN Radio in Chicago. Nexstar also owns a 31.3% ownership stake in TV Food Network, a top tier cable asset. For more information please visit www.nexstar.tv.