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‘Mystery Sharks’ Documentary Snaps Up National Honor

The award tops off a remarkable season for the KCTS 9 team

June 21, 2017

Seattle director Michael Werner has landed a national Edward R. Murrow Award for Mystery Sharks of Seattle, a documentary produced for KCTS 9’s Wildlife Detective series in conjunction with the regional environmental news collaboration EarthFix.

The film, which explores the little-known world of the elusive sixgill shark, won top honors in the news documentary category for large market television stations, beating out other stations nationwide.

“Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the electronic news profession,” according to the Radio Television News Association, which has been handing out Murrow Awards since 1971. Murrow was a renowned broadcast journalist for CBS.

“To receive this award is an incredible honor,” Werner said. “I was lucky to be able to work with an amazing team of collaborators. It’s because of this talented group and numerous scientists and divers that we were able to share this story with the world. I’m grateful to KCTS and EarthFix for believing in and investing in science-based, educational programming.”

The award tops off a remarkable season for the KCTS 9 team.

Earlier this month, Werner won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Mystery Sharks, and a Northwest Emmy® Award for his writing on the same project.

 Michael Werner and Katie Campbell hold two of their Emmy® Awards.

EarthFix staff at KCTS 9, OPB and KUOW won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for innovation for their work on the multimedia reporting extravaganza Battle Ready: The Military’s Environmental Legacy In The Northwest. The project also snagged an Excellence in Journalism Award from the Western Washington Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

KCTS 9 Video Managing Editor Katie Campbell and KCTS 9 EarthFix Producer Ken Christensen also won an Emmy for an EarthFix story that took them all the way to Hong Kong to track down American electronic waste.

KCTS 9 Producer Aileen Imperial took home another Emmy for human interest features for her piece The Chimps of Cle Elum, about a chimpanzee sanctuary in central Washington.

KCTS 9’s sister organization, Crosscut, also reeled in a trove of regional accolades.

We’ve included a full list of KCTS 9 awards below. You can watch all of the Emmy winners and nominees here. Congratulations to everyone!

2017 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards — Region 1

Excellence in Innovation

Battle Ready: The Military’s Environmental Legacy In The Northwest, by Ken Christensen and Katie Campbell, KCTS 9/EarthFix

News Documentary

Wildlife Detectives: Mystery Sharks of Seattle, by Michael Werner, KCTS 9/EarthFix

Northwest Emmy® Awards

Health/Science – Feature/Segment

Hanford: Culture of Silence, by Ken Christensen, KCTS 9/EarthFix

Public/Current/Community Affairs – Feature/Segment

The Circuit: Tracking America’s Electronic Waste, by Ken Christensen and Katie Campbell, KCTS 9/EarthFix

Human Interest – Feature/Segment

Aileen Imperial smiles with her Emmy® Award. The Chimps of Cle Elum, by Aileen Imperial
Arts/Entertainment – Feature/Segment

Different One: A Native Artist and The Future, by Nils Cowan

Writer – Program

Mystery Sharks, by Michael Werner, KCTS 9/EarthFix

Promotion – Program – Campaign

Reel Northwest, by Michael McClinton and Josh Springer

2017 Excellence in Journalism Awards
Society of Professional Journalists, Western Washington Chapter

Video News Series

Battle Ready: The Military’s Environmental Legacy In The Northwest, by Katie Campbell, Ken Christensen and various EarthFix partners


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