“New York in the World,” a documentary produced by WRVO Public Media, has been awarded a 2014 regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). The RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession of electronic journalism.
“New York in the World,” was produced by Sidsel Overgaard, a nationally recognized public radio reporter and contributor to WRVO; Mark Lavonier, senior producer; and Catherine Loper, director of news and public affairs. The program is hosted by the late Garrick Utley, a veteran journalist and professor at SUNY Oswego, who spent much of last year collaborating on and working to produce “New York in the World.”
"We received the news that WRVO was awarded the Edward R. Murrow Award for 'New York in the World' with a mixture of great pride and deep sadness that collaborator and narrator Garrick Utley, one of the most distinguished international journalists of his era, will share the honor posthumously having succumbed to cancer in February,” General Manager Michael S. Ameigh said.
Ameigh describes “New York in the World” as Garrick Utley’s project. The documentary is based on research Utley commissioned as head of the SUNY Levin Institute, which promotes thoughtful engagement and an active response to globalization and its impact on New York state.
“That he invited WRVO to produce the documentary is in itself profoundly gratifying,” Ameigh said.
“New York in the World” shares stories of union workers in Buffalo, fashion designers in New York City, and farmers in the Finger Lakes – all talking about how they’ve found a place amid today’s economic realities. In this era of globalization, no other state has benefited as much and suffered as much as New York. “New York in the World” chronicles our lives and our future by examining the bonuses, bailouts and wealth on Wall Street; the remains of once mighty manufacturing industries littering much of upstate New York; and more.
In addition to this Edward R. Murrow award, "New York in the World" has also won a Syracuse Press Club (SPC) award and three Associated Press (AP) awards (first and second place winners will be announced in May).