Tim Lambert ’92 was the only radio journalist in Pennsylvania this year honored with a national Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in electronic journalism in the Feature: Hard News category for the documentary Flight 93: Five Years Later. Lambert is local host of the NPR program “Morning Edition” on WITF 89.5 in Harrisburg and also serves as a reporter for the station.
Flight 93: Five Years Later, a regional Edward R. Murrow Award winner in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, placed first over the thirteen other regional Edward R. Murrow winners from across the country. Overall, fifty-two news organizations received seventy-nine awards out of an initial pool of 3,150 entries from 580 news organizations.
Tim Lambert ’92 and NBC’s Natalie Morales
The ceremony was in New York City last month. Among the presenters were CNN’s Anderson Cooper, ABC’s Brian Ross and NPR’s Michelle Norris. NBC’s Brian Williams and CBS’s Harry Smith were also in attendance.
Lambert also received two 2007 Edward R. Murrow Regional awards for the Flight 93 story and for a radio documentary he wrote and produced, Families of the Fallen, on how three central Pennsylvania families who lost loved ones in Iraq are dealing with their loss. Families of the Fallen earned him a national 2007 second-place award from Public Radio News Director Incorporated.
Lambert has a unique relationship to the story of Flight 93. His family owns a part of the crash site in Somerset County and he’s been involved in the effort to build a national memorial to honor the passengers and crew members who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
“This is a huge surprise and a great honor,” Lambert said. "The story has such a personal connection to me that it’s pretty humbling to have it recognized nationally. For the last five years, I’ve kept the forty passengers and crew members and their families close to my heart. So each time I reported on Flight 93, I tried to honor their memory by telling the stories that no one has heard before. I am grateful this story in particular resonated with folks.”
Radio station news director Scott Gilbert added, “Tim [and his associates] landed the most prestigious national honor ever awarded to WITF-FM. It’s very well-deserved, given the way they diligently crafted a story that truly can’t be found anywhere else.”
Tim’s reporting was recognized by the Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcaster’s Association with four first place awards in 2007—two in the Large Market radio category, which includes stations in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia; and two in the Medium Market radio category, which includes his home market of Harrisburg.
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A native of Aliquippa, Tim is a 1992 graduate of IUP, where he majored in Communications Media and minored in Political Science. He has worked in radio since 1993 at stations in Lewistown and Gettysburg and has been at WITF since August of 2001.