PHOENIX — 12 News is proud to announce that one of our stories earned a regional Edward R. Murrow Award in the category of Hard News. It's one of the highest honors in journalism and it was given to our story, "Dying with Dignity: Seattle woman decides to die on her own terms after cancer."
The story was produced by 12 News anchor Mark Curtis and videographer Roberto Duarte.
In the report, Dying with Dignity: The Last Christmas, 12 News puts a face on the personal story of Tempra Jones. Diagnosed with terminal cancer, Tempra made the decision to end her life on her own terms, with physician assistance, under a Death with Dignity Act.
The Murrow Awards are among the most prestigious awards in news. They recognize local and national news stories that uphold the RTDNA Code of Ethics, demonstrate technical expertise and exemplify the importance and impact of journalism as a service to the community.
“It was a privilege and honor to share Tempra’s story with our audience, allowing Mark Curtis and our 12 News team to document her final Christmas. Tempra’s desire to share her personal story to help other families in similar situations will be one of her many lasting legacies,” said News Director George Davilas.
More than 750 awards recognize over 350 local radio and television stations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and four countries.
“The 12 News team did a remarkable job telling a very difficult story and to be recognized for important storytelling is an incredible honor," said 12 News President and General Manager Kate Morris.
You can read the full story and watch the video below.
READ THE FULL STORY: Seattle woman ends her life on her own terms instead of letting cancer decide