An NBC4 LA anchor has won an Edward R. Murrow Award for her writing on a video story chronicling the effects of a rare genetic disorder.
Alycia Lane, co-anchor of "Today in LA," which airs from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m., was honored for her writing on "The Angel," which she reported and wrote.
The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) announced the 2011 Regional Winners on Thursday.
Lane's award was given in Region 2 - Television, Large Market, which includes California, Guam, Hawaii and Nevada. (video embedded above). Within that category, Lane was one of two Murrow award recipients whose work aired in Los Angeles.
"The Angel" examines a rare genetic disorder known as Angelman Syndrome, a condition that affects one in 20,000 children. Lane's report focuses on the lives of Jamie and Stephanie Katzman as they discovered their young son's life-changing affliction.
"It's a hearbreaking disorder and no one knows about it," Lane said. "There is a potential cure out there, there is just no money."
Lane said she hoped the award would draw attention to the syndrome. "That's our duty as journalists," she said. "To shed light on stories no one knows about."
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The 600 regional Edward R. Murrow Award winners, including "The Angel," automatically become eligible for the national awards competition, which will be judged in June. The national Murrow Awards will be presented in October at the RTDNA Awards Dinner in New York.
Joel Cooke was the photographer on "The Angel" and Lindsey Jackson was the video editor.
RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971.
A complete list of Regional Edward R. Murrow Award winners is available online.