Macon GPB bureau chief wins national award

lmorris@macon.comJune 12, 2014 

Adam Ragusea, Macon bureau chief for Georgia Public Broadcasting, has won a national award for his work.

Ragusea received a 2014 National Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association for writing in the large market radio category for his story called “All Quiet, One Year After Kroger Shooting,” according to a news release.

The Dec. 20, 2013, story is Ragusea’s first-person reflection the year after the shooting of a man outside a Kroger store by a Macon police officer in December 2012.

Ragusea said he generally doesn’t pay much attention to awards, but he said he is honored to receive the recognition.

It’s the first time someone from GPB has ever won a national Murrow award, he said.

“So it’s a big deal to me,” he said. “This is a cool thing. I’m pleased as punch. I’m in really, really good company. The other winners this year of the national awards are all really talented people from all over the country, and it’s a big moment. I feel really good about it.”

The Murrow awards recognize outstanding work produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world, according to the release. The Radio Television Digital News Association is the world’s largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. It represents local and network journalists in broadcasting, cable and digital media in more than 30 countries.

This year, the association awarded 98 national Edward R. Murrow Awards in 13 categories including overall excellence, breaking news and investigative reporting. The association received more than 4,000 entries during the 2014 awards season.

National awards will be presented in New York City on Oct. 6. But Ragusea won’t be there. He and his wife are expecting their baby four days later.

To reach writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.

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