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Retired reporter Fawcett will receive media honor

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 4:59 a.m. HST, Apr 22, 2011

Recently retired KITV reporter and longtime journalist Denby Fawcett will be inducted into the Associated Press Television & Radio Association Hall of Fame June 4 in a special ceremony preceeding its annual Mark Twain Awards.

Fawcett is one of five honorees who will be feted by APTRA VIPs and convention-goers at Disneyland's Paradise Pier Hotel in Ana­heim, Calif.

"KITV has won many Mark Twain Awards," Fawcett said. She'll be preparing biographical materials to send to the Hall of Fame organizing committee and confirmed that she and her husband, MidWeek columnist and former broadcast journalist Bob Jones, will be attending.

KHON scores a Murrow award

The KHON-TV news department has won a regional Edward R. Murrow award for its breaking news coverage of the tsunami warning issued just after midnight Feb. 27, 2010, following an 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile. Anchormen Joe Moore and Kirk Matthews; weather anchorman Jus­tin Cruz; reporters Jai Cunningham, Gina Man­gieri and Andrew Perreira; and traffic reporter Jason Yo­tsuda can be seen in the video entry, while an audio report by anchorman-reporter Ron Mizu­tani also is part of the winning entry.

The awards are issued by the national Radio, Television and Digital News Association (formerly the Radio and Television News Directors' Association).

Late yesterday afternoon it was unclear whether Hawaii's other broadcast and or digital news operations had entered the competition.

The 10-minute KHON entry can be viewed online, following a 30-second commercial for broadcast equipment.

There is a doctor in the house

Instead of ducking cameras while in Hawaii, Dr. Sanjay Gupta will be right in front of them as he hosts this week's "Sanjay Gupta M.D." on CNN from the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows on the Big Island.

The CNN medical correspondent and "influential celebrity," as defined by Forbes magazine, is on a mission to show that "anyone" can take on a triathlon.

The luxurious AAA 4-Diamond Kohala Coast resort will be where the doctor who is one and plays one on TV "roughs it" while shooting a feature on a triathlon training camp.

He is showcasing the efforts of six people who are training for the New York City Triathlon in August.

The show will air at 1:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Hawaii time.

For would-be viewers who are not night owls and don't have a DVR or TiVo, the episode will be available online as a podcast or download by Monday.


Erika Engle is a reporter with the Star-Advertiser. Reach her by email at

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