Investigations by The Eye and news partner WBUR public radio received this week three Edward R. Murrow awards for excellence from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA).
The Eye’s examination of the questionable conviction of Darrell Jones for murder, “Reasonable Doubts,” won in two large radio market categories: Excellence in Video and News Series. Jenifer McKim of The Eye and WBUR’s Bruce Gellerman and Jesse Costa of WBUR collaborated to produce the multi-media investigation, which took a year to complete.
Additional research and reporting was provided by Leonard Singer, Evelyn Martinez, Bianca Padro, and students from Boston University’s investigative reporting class taught by reporters from The Eye. The story was edited by Gary Putka and produced for online by Shawn Musgrave.
Following the report, Plymouth County Superior Court Justice Thomas McGuire Jr. in March agreed to hold a three-day hearing in May to consider Jones’ motion for a new trial.
The Eye’s investigation of the lingering dangers posed by asbestos removal for Massachusetts workers, “Deadly Dust,” won in the large radio market category for Investigations.
Beth Daly and Colby Burdick of The Eye and Martha Bebinger of WBUR collaborated on the investigation. Additional reporting was provide by Jenifer McKim and Jake Holzman. The story was edited by Gary Putka and produced for online by Shawn Musgrave.
“Remarkable journalism is being done every day in newsrooms across this country,” said RTDNA Chair Vincent Duffy in a prepared statement. “We’re proud to recognize the most outstanding ways journalists are keeping the public informed, holding the powerful accountable and enhancing the quality of life in their communities.”
As regional award recipients, these investigations will now be finalists for national Murrow awards, to be announced in May.
WBUR received seven other Murrow awards, the most of any public radio station in the country. Read the complete list of regional winners here.
The Eye is the online news site of the nonprofit New England Center for Investigative Reporting of Boston University. Visit: www.readtheeye.org.