National Public Radio affiliate WYPR’s Midday was honored with the Radio Television Digital News Association’s (RTDNA) 2020 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for its Oct. 18, 2019, broadcast memorializing Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, who died the previous day at the age of 68.
Midday Host and Executive Producer Tom Hall, Senior Producer Rob Sivak, Producers Cianna Greaves and Kathleen Cahill and Director Luke Spicknall quickly set out to put together a broadcast that would illuminate Rep. Cummings’ extraordinary life and legacy, from his early career as a lawyer known for quiet diligence and generous mentoring, to his rise as the chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, where he was a tireless watchdog of the Trump Administration and an early leader in the House Impeachment inquiry.
Guests who joined Hall during the Oct. 18 program included Baltimore City Mayor Jack Young, civil rights icon and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., in a conversation recorded the day before the live broadcast, U.S. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger. D-Md. and former Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen, as well as Rep. Cummings’ former law partner, Edward Smith, and veteran WBAL-TV investigative reporter Jayne Miller.
The RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards are among the most prestigious in broadcast and digital news, honoring news organizations that demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession of broadcast and digital journalism. Midday is one of 14 other regional recipients in its category advancing to the National Murrow Award competition. National winners of the award will be announced in June.
The award-winning program can be heard online at https://www.wypr.org/post/elijah-cummings-reflections-man-and-his-legacy.
Midday airs weekdays from noon to 1 p.m. on 88.1 FM and streams through wypr.org. Hall and his guests talk about the latest news, local and national politics, education and the environment, popular culture and the arts, sports and science, race and religion, movies and medicine. For more information on Midday, visit wypr.org/programs/midday. Midday can be found on Twitter at @MiddayWYPR.