TVW, the public affairs network for the state of Washington, is a 2013 winner of a Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism. in the Local Public Station category.
The network, which carries unedited coverage of the Washington Legislature, Supreme Court and other branches of government, was the only public or PBS television station in its category to win a Cronkite Award.
The announcement by the Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.cited TVW for “compelling, fair and very visual treatment of issues affecting the state,” adding, “Washington voters are lucky to have TVW as a news source to turn to.”
Washington House Speaker Pro Tem Jim Moeller (D) supports his state’s network, TVW, because it provides transparency, which leads to “a better government, a better democracy.” And even though TVW has had to absorb $2.5 million in state aid cuts since 2008, the network’s subsidy remains a “very bipartisan appropriation. It’s pretty much looked at as a ‘hands-off’ sort of thing,” Moeller says.