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June 23 - WSAV News 3’s Dave Kartunen honored with National Murrow Award

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Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

June 23, 2016 - WSAV News 3, the news operation of local NBC affiliate WSAV-TV, has been honored with the prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award for Continuing Coverage. 

The announcement made Tuesday by the Radio Television Digital News Association which has been recognizing outstanding achievement in electronic journalism with the Murrow Awards since 1971.

The National Murrow for “Continuing Coverage” was earned by WSAV’s Dave Kartunen following his Investigation into three controversial deaths inside the Chatham County Jail and the subsequent legal action that followed.

According to WSAV General Manager Deb Thompson,  “We are honored to be recognized with one of the most prestigious awards in broadcast journalism -- selected from thousands of newscasts across the country.  Beyond the recognition, we are particularly proud of the changes that our coverage of this story brought about in our community.”

In 2016, WSAV took three regional Murrow Awards - Continuing Coverage, Best Newscast and Use of Video.

Kartunen returnd to WSAV in August 2013; he had originally worked for WSAV from 2001 – 2003.  He is currently on a medical leave.

In the 10 years he was away, he was an anchor and reporter at Boston’s prestigious WHDH-TV, and in Miami at WSVN.  He covered Hurricane Katrina in 2005, as well. 

He has also had stints in corporate communications, and as the Communications Director for the Bob Massie for U.S. Senate campaign.  

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