Kevin Reece is no showboat. He is a gifted reporter who brings nuance and gentle prose to these memorable reports for WFAA-TV. His style is so easy-going, his eye for detail so artful, it’s as if he is inviting viewers to lean in and absorb the narrative unfolding before them. Reece speaks directly to those viewers, asking hard questions like “Why should you care about these inmates?” and “How far would you go to find out who saved your life?” (The answer to the first is a surprising encounter with convict moms and the second quite literally a journey of the heart.) These productions are polished and WFAA’s video technicians also deserve credit for this high-quality TV journalism. But it is Kevin Reece’s talent that brings it all together. His work has an impact and staying power that make it worthy of this prestigious award.
Mary E. Walsh
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, six 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 and the 2013 Rosalie Wynn Hearst Distinguished Public Service Award.
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.
To see excerpts of Kevin Reece’s award-winning coverage, please play the clip below: