ABC2 News Investigative Reporter Brian Kuebler is being honored, for a second year in a row, with a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in writing. This year, for his emotionally moving story, "The Journey Home". The award was announced today by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). In 2012 Kuebler earned the same award for his piece "Road to Recovery".
"Our news team cares deeply about the issues that matter to Maryland," says Bill Hooper, VP and General Manager of WMAR ABC2. "This award is an excellent recognition of Brian's insightful storytelling, and dedication to his craft."
The writing award is given to a reporter whose words convey the feeling and significance of events to the viewer. In this case, Kuebler profiled three homeless boys from Glen Burnie, MD who despite a crushing struggle for shelter, refuse to give up hope.
"ABC2 is committed to sharing stories within our community," says ABC2 News Director Kelly Groft. "As Brian uncovered the true story behind homelessness, in all our counties, we began to see the true plight of families as they try to stay together. We were honored that this family was willing to share their story with our viewers."
Brian wrote, "They've moved six times in eleven months, each place less stable than the next. So every day after school they go to a playground near the last apartment they were able to call home. It's here they wait, unsupervised, no one looking out for them; waiting for their grandmother to get off work for sometimes more than then six hours."
RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Mur-row Awards since 1971. Radio, television and online news managers from markets across the country judged the entries in March.