Bill Churchwell


Recipient of the BEST TELEVISION REPORTER award in The Charles E. Green Awards (2017)

Bill Churchwell
KIII-TV, Corpus Christi


Judge’s Comments:

Bill Churchwell brings a deft touch to his reports on KIII-TV. His writing is so clear it seems to snap viewers to attention – opening a story on the murder of a young girl with “Those pigtails, that innocent smile,” for example. This entry includes a range of stories – from hurricane-devastated Port Aransas to the local school library. In each, Churchill’s depth of experience, emotional intelligence and humor provide depth and authenticity to his work. In my opinion, he deserves the Best TV Reporter Award.

Mary Walsh
CBS News

Judge’s Bio:

Mary Walsh is the national security producer for CBS News; her work includes producing stories for the CBS Evening News, CBS Sunday Morning and 60 Minutes. She has been assigned to the Pentagon since 1993 and has covered the American military all over the United States and in many parts of the world, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Turkey, Somalia, Bosnia, Haiti, Germany, the Philippines, and Korea.

As CBS News producer in Tokyo from 1989 to 1993, Walsh was responsible for news coverage in all parts of Asia – with focus on China, Korea, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Japan. She was based in New York in 1987-89 and Atlanta in1985-87. Highlights from those years include covering the explosion of space shuttle Challenger, the bombing of Pan Am 103 and too many hurricanes to count. Walsh began her career at CBS News in 1979 as assistant to the Political Director in Washington D.C. She covered Geraldine Ferraro’s vice presidential campaign in 1984 and Vice President George H.W. Bush’s presidential campaign in 1988.

She has won three Alfred I. DuPont awards from Columbia University, five Emmy awards, an Overseas Press Club Award, the Joan Shorenstein Barone Award for Excellence in Journalism, a Wilber Award from the Religious Communicators Council, the University of Texas School of Communication 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award, the 2013 Rosalie Wynn Hearst Distinguished Public Service Award and the 2017 Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation journalism award for coverage of National Security
A graduate of the University of Texas where she was editor of the Daily Texan, Walsh began her career as a journalist at the Rome Daily American in Italy in 1977.

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“Covering the Coastal Bend”

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