Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia Honored with National Edward R. Murrow Award

Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia was honored with a 2012 National Edward R. Murrow Award for Video Sports Reporting (Television – Large Market) by the Radio Television Digital News Association, for “Remembering Richie,” an inspiring story on a Philadelphia-area native who lost his life on September 11, 2001.  This is the first time the network has won this prestigious national award, after being honored with regional awards in 2011 and 2012.

“We are honored that the Radio Television Digital News Association has recognized Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia for a National Edward R. Murrow award,” said Comcast SportsNet Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Monihan. “Senior Executive Producer of Special Projects Brad Nau spearheaded this project and his passion for amazing storytelling was evident as he told Richie’s story.”

“Remembering Richie” aired in a very special edition of Comcast SportsNet’s ‘Net Impact Philly program in September 2011.  The monthly magazine show was dedicated to telling the stories of impact of September 11th, ten years later.  However, one story stood out from the others – Richie Stewart was a standout hockey player at Upland Country Day School in Kennett Square, PA, who perished in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001.

At Upland, Stewart set the single season scoring record before heading to the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, where he became captain of their hockey team in his Junior and Senior years. He went on to become a part of the St. Lawrence University hockey team that made it to the NCAA finals in 1988, and is in the University’s hall of fame.  But Richie was more than just a standout hockey player; he was the consummate teammate – always there to lend a hand, compassionate to others, and all about family. When his playing days were over, the former class president and scholar athlete headed to New York City to work for the famous firm of Cantor Fitzgerald, and though his weeks were busy, on Friday nights he would lend a helping hand to feed the homeless at a church on the Upper East Side. This story honors the memory of Richie, as told by his friends and those who played with him.

The award winning video can be viewed here:

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