KUSA Honored for its Fact Checking of Political Messaging

By Kevin Eck 

The Walter Cronkite Awards for Excellence in Television Political Journalism have been announced.

The awards honor stations for “compelling storytelling, accuracy and service to citizens in 2014 election coverage.” Click here to view the winning station entries.

Gannett’s KUSA took home two awards: one for its political coverage and one for the accuracy in its coverage.

“KUSA’s commitment to fact checking is unrivaled, said APPC director and University of Pennsylvania professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson about the Denver NBC affiliate winning the Cronkite/Jackson Prize for Fact Checking. “KUSA produced 55 fact-checking segments in 2014, even more than the 44 it produced in 2012.”

Austin’s KXAN shared large market honors with KUSA. The NBC affiliate won for its coverage of women’s heath and abortion in Texas.

Hearst-owned New Orleans NBC affiliate WDSU took home the small market award for its coverage of corruption in local politics.

The local individual award went to Mike Lowe of WITI in Milwaukee for his investigative piece about the role big money plays in Wisconsin politics.

Hearst Television won its eighth consecutive Local Station Group Award. The jury called Hearst’s coverage a “public service” for pushing its content online and over its mobile applications.