The War Horse team is proud to announce that our newsroom has received the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for reporting on the 20th anniversary of the attack on the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.
The multimedia reporting project profiled Robert Hogue, a civil servant who survived a direct impact on his office at the Pentagon. Following the reconstruction, Hogue served as the counsel for six commandants of the Marine Corps and led the service through its most transformational changes since its founding. The feature included exclusive interviews with revered Marine generals and senior enlisted leaders that helped to explore the service and sacrifice of military members and their families throughout the global war on terror.
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The Edward R. Murrow Awards honor outstanding achievements in electronic journalism and demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession of electronic journalism. Past recipients include NPR, The New York Times, and ProPublica. The War Horse team is incredibly honored to be recognized alongside other incredible winners this year at The Texas Tribune, students at the University of Central Florida, and The New York Times.
Newsroom founder Thomas Brennan, managing editor Kelly Kennedy, fact-checker Ben Kalin, and copy-editor Mitchell Hansen-Dewars were awarded for excellence in writing. The project also included a short documentary produced by Julian Lim and Daniel A. Nelson. Kimberly Cataudella narrated the story, and Elena Boffetta produced the audio elements. Eliot Dudik took the photographs. The project was published in partnership with PBS Newshour and included an hour-long live interview on NPR.
“Through our shared experience during the writing of that piece, I got to see firsthand how serious you are about your profession and how hard you work to illuminate the details of your subject, as well as the fine tendrils or experience and emotion that sometimes connect people to the important events of our time,” Hogue wrote to The War Horse.
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“That dedication to the craft was just as evident in the others you brought in to add layers of understanding through video and photography. I am tempted to say that I am proud of the piece, but that really wouldn’t be accurate or fair. You are the ones who saw the larger story and pulled out the details that showed the connections across two decades. And I have said since our first contact that I wasn’t interested in participating in a piece about me except as a component of that larger context.”
Hogue continued his praise for The War Horse. “You handled the interviews with an admirable blend of humanity and professional detachment. It was a difficult and extraordinary experience that is now recognized as a masterful piece of journalism. You should be very proud. You have my heartfelt thanks for seeing and illuminating that larger story.”