Thursday, April 2, 2009

Nicely done, Mr. Knapp!

I don't ordinarily wade into commentary about the local TV news because my partner, Miles, is the executive producer at KVBC, the NBC affiliate here. That makes it difficult and awkward and, happily, the Review-Journal's Steve Bornfeld has his "Mediaology" column analyzing the topic so I don't have to.

But it's a pretty big deal that George Knapp of KLAS, the local CBS affiliate, has won a George Foster Peabody Award this week for their special, "Crossfire: Water, Power and Politics," a hard-hitting analysis of the impact of growth on the southwestern U.S. You can view all seven parts via this LasVegasNow.Com link. Also honored was Knapp's photojournalist, Matt Adams.

To get an idea of what a huge deal this is -- it's the equal to the R-J winning a Pulitzer -- consider who else got Peabody honors this year: ABC for "Lost," HBO for "The Gates" and "John Adams," NBC for its Beijing Olympics coverage, PBS for "Washington Week With Gwen Ifill" and CNN for its coverage of the presidential primaries.

Congrats, Mr. Knapp. Let's hope your station can continue to spend this kind of money on this kind of journalism in these, you know, tough economic times.


mike_ch said...

NBC for its Beijing Olympics coverage (...) CNN for its coverage of the presidential primaries

These were pretty shamefully dumbed down and commercialized. CNN was often off the track on the election or spinning it's own narrative to keep a horse-race going or make a new star (yes, you know what I'm talking about), and NBC turned in the kind of Olympics commentary and scheduling (14 hour Opening Ceremonies delay) that is what causes so many people on the border towns to tune to the CBC for coverage.

Byt, yay to George Knapp. I don't watch much Channel 8 news but have seen his special reports and his CityLife column, he is definitely one of the best assets at the CBS affiliate and probably regionwide.