The 2021 College of Education and Communications IMPACT
Award for the Department of Communications Media will be presented to 1992
graduate Tim Lambert, multimedia news director for WITF-FM in Harrisburg.
Lambert receives the award because of his impact on his profession, his
community, and his audience reporting and telling stories on issues-oriented
topics such as the opioid crisis, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and state
Lambert has been recognized for his work with the most
prestigious national award presented in the world of broadcast and multimedia
news reporting. The award, named for legendary radio reporter Edward R. Murrow,
is presented annually to recognize the most outstanding achievements in
broadcast and digital journalism. Lambert has been recognized with six national
Murrow Awards for his individual accomplishments.
One of Lambert’s Murrow Awards came from reporting on the
events of 9/11, when his unique association to that day brought his personal
life and professional life together with the crash of Flight 93. Lambert’s
family owned the property adjacent to the crash site. Some days after the
crash, Lambert and his father went to the scene of the crash and were with
officials as they walked his family property to recover artifacts from Flight
93. Lambert’s roles as a landowner and a journalist in the midst of such a
high-profile story led to him being profiled by other national media including
CNN, USA Today, and US News and World Report. The Lambert property is now part
of the National Park Service memorial to Flight 93.
While a student at IUP, Lambert was active as a member of
WIUP-FM, serving as sports director and announcer for IUP football and
basketball. He was also a member of the IUP hockey club. In 2010, Lambert
returned to IUP as commencement speaker for the Department of Communications
Media, where he shared his experience covering Flight 93.