The WSHU Public Radio Group (Fairfield, CT, www.wshu.org) announced its Reporter Charles Lane has added another major award to his already impressive rosters of journalism honors. He recently earned a prestigious 2014 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award presented by the Radio Television Digital New Association (http://rtdna.org).
The Edward R. Murrow Awards recognize the best electronic journalism, produced by radio, television and online news organizations worldwide. Lane was included in a group of just 661 winners out of over 4,000 entries in 14 categories including: Overall Excellence, Breaking News, Investigative Reporting, and Website.
Lane won his Regional Murrow Award within the category of Reporting: Sports for his report on free-diving, titled, “Some Competitors Say Free-Diving Needs A Safety Sea Change,” In his award-winning report, Lane covers the dangers associated with free-diving made starkly evident by his discussion of various deaths of free-diving competitors. His explanation of a “lung squeeze,” an injury associated with free-diving is compelling. He points to the telltale signs of a lung squeeze – blood and shortness of breath -- and dives (no pun intended) into what happens when the body is deep – “…the weight of the water presses the lungs and the air sacs inside. Picture a paper bag full of blueberries; when your hand’s relaxed, you can compress the bag carefully enough to avoid squashing the berries. But any twists or jerks can cause ruptures.”
Lane’s entire 4 minute, 55 second report can be heard or read at: http://www.npr.org/2013/12/17/251943247/some-competitors-say-freediving-needs-a-safety-sea-change. The report discusses the call for regulation and concludes with the statement that there is a special work group of the AIDA (the organization governing competitive free-diving) investigating the factors that contributed to the death of one diver, Nick Mevoli, which is also covered in Lane’s report.
WSHU’s announcement of Lane’s 2014 Regional Murrow Award comes on the heels of his having also won a Fair Media Council (www.fairmediacouncil.org) FMC Folio Award for his report titled, “NY County Outsources Job of Monitoring Sex Offenders.”
Lane has been a WSHU reporter since 2001. He produces in-depth, vivid news stories about Suffolk, Long Island with a special focus on covering local government in what he deems to be a “fun and approachable way.” As Lane states, “My output varies from sound-rich features, to breaking two-ways, investigations, tweets, and audio slideshows.” In addition to his most recent awards, Lane is the past recipient of: a National Edward R. Murrow Award in 2009, a Sigma Delta-Chi Public Service in Journalism Award in 2009 and 2011, and a Livingston Award for Young Journalists (Finalist) in 2010.
Lane earned his Bachelor of Arts in Patristic History from Oklahoma State University. He is a member of the Investigative Reporters & Editors, Society of Professional Journalists, Association of Independents in Radio and the Westside YMCA.