NET Receives Regional Murrow Award

News Release Date: 
May 15, 2018

For Immediate Release
NET Receives Regional Murrow Award

LINCOLN, Neb. (May 15, 2018) – NET, Nebraska’s PBS and NPR Stations, received a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for “After Ebola: Nebraska and the Next Pandemic” from the Radio Television Digital News Association.

The RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards are among the most prestigious in broadcast and digital news and are given to honor outstanding achievement in electronic journalism. The NET News documentary “After Ebola: Nebraska and the Next Pandemic” won in the small market television category for Region 5 and will be advancing to the National Murrow Award competition.

“After Ebola: Nebraska and the Next Pandemic” combined the personal stories of medical professionals in the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit who dealt first-hand with the Ebola virus and examined what they learned by preparing and planning for a potential pandemic. The documentary also examined the lessons learned from the unit’s experiences and revealed how planning and practice drills can help small clinics and regional hospitals across Nebraska reassess their preparedness for a killer pandemic.

“Responsible journalism helps to shine a spotlight on problems as well as offer solutions. Producer Bill Kelly and Videographer/Editor Justin Cheney led a talented team that worked on this project to tell the story of what happened as a University of Nebraska Medical Center group mobilized to care for three patients infected with the deadly Ebola virus. We also looked at what was being done to address future infectious diseases and are proud of this recognition for our in-depth work on this issue,” said Mark Leonard, NET general manager.

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