GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — 24 Hour News 8 has been recognized for its breaking news coverage of a tornado that touched down in Portland, Mich. in June 2015.
The station was awarded a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for its June 22 coverage — one of the highest journalistic honors bestowed upon news organizations and reporters.
24 Hour News 8 was one of the first Grand Rapids television stations on scene after an EF-1 tornado tore through town, destroying a portion of the city’s business district and badly damaging four churches and dozens of homes.
“This award just reinforces what we do — we watch out for our communities and keep them informed,” said WOOD TV8 News Director Dan Boers. “We had multiple crews — including a Storm Team 8 meteorologist — on scene right away to bring residents the critical information they needed. We’re driven by the need to serve West Michigan viewers and this honor is just a reflection of that.”
The award demonstrates the spirit of excellence in journalism after the late journalist Edward R. Murrow.
Entries are judged by news directors and journalism professionals across the country, 24 Hour News 8 was up against stations in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio, including large-markets like Detroit and Chicago.