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PHILADELPHIA – CBS 3, the CBS owned and operated station in Philadelphia, has been awarded a national 2013 Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in electronic journalism, the Radio Television Digital News Association has announced.

CBS 3’s Eyewitness News was named the winner of the Overall Excellence Award for large market television stations. The station has been honored with numerous regional Murrow Awards in recent years including in April of this year. Regional winners are automatically entered in the national competition. The Eyewitness News team last won a National Murrow in 2007.

CBS 3’s entry included its 2012 coverage of Super Storm Sandy, the station’s launch of a fundraiser to help those impacted by the storm; the Jerry Sandusky trial; its Presidential campaign coverage; the station’s on-location coverage of the shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, in addition to several examples of its “3 On Your Side” viewer advocacy reports.

In choosing CBS 3, the judges commented that, “This station owned the coverage of Hurricane Sandy, did a great job on other stories as well and demonstrated a strong effort with enterprise and investigative stories.”

“The Murrow Award represents the gold standard in journalism in our industry,” says CBS 3 President and General Manager Jon Hitchcock. “I’m particularly pleased that we were recognized for our enterprise reporting since our advocacy work, as demonstrated in our ‘3 On Your Side’ reports, is such a distinctive part of what makes CBS 3 unique in our market. I couldn’t be prouder of our team.”

“It’s a privilege to work with this incredible team of journalists,” adds Vice President and News Director Susan Schiller. “Each day, we strive to serve our viewers on all fronts — from breaking news to our investigative stories, from on-air to social media. In the end, the viewer is what matters most and to be recognized for that service is indeed an honor.”

The awards will be presented at the 2013 Murrow Awards Ceremony on Monday, October 14 at the New York Marriott Marquis.

RTDNA is the world’s largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism.

CBS 3 (KYW-TV) is part of CBS Television Stations, a division of CBS Corporation.

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