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Thursday, April 08, 2010

FOX13 Wins Edward R. Murrow Award (on Story About Former Tiger David Vaughn)

FOX13 Wins Edward R. Murrow Award

Updated: Wednesday, 07 Apr 2010, 7:01 PM CDT
Published : Wednesday, 07 Apr 2010, 7:01 PM CDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - FOX13 News is the winner of one of broadcast journalism’s most coveted award, The Edward R. Murrow Award for Video Sports Reporting for The David Vaughn Story.

Greg Gaston was the reporter while David Stotts and Paul Sloan were the executive producers for the project. Ken Jobe is the Vice President of News for FOX13. John Koski is the station’s General Manager.

The story was produced in November 2009 and followed the ups and downs of former Memphis Tigers basketball star David Vaughn. Vaughn went on to play for the Orlando Magic in the NBA.

After spending four years in the league and a few more in Europe, Vaughn ended up homeless, living in a rental storage unit in downtown Orlando.

FOX13 talked to David about the circumstances that led to his being homeless, as well as his wife Brandi who took him back after a period of domestic abuse.

FOX13 also talked with David’s agent, Kyle Rote, Jr., about the trappings that pro athletes fall into and the difficulty players have dealing with newfound fortune and fame.

The Vaughn's are now both employed and living happily in Orlando with their two sons.

The FOX13 win is for the District 8 region which includes television stations in Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The story will now be judged in the national competition. Those winners will be announced at a June 2010 ceremony in New York.

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