A controversial story in which the rescue of a baby in the Haitian earthquake was filmed by Australian news crews has won a prestigious US journalism award.
Seven News journalist Mike Amor and cameraman Huw Mathieson won a Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Breaking News Coverage for their story on the rescue of baby Winnie. After Winnie was rescued from the rubble she was passed to Amor who gave her some water and taken to Save the Children.
The 2010 story attracted media interest not just for the miracle rescue, but for two journalists, Seven’s Mike Amor and Nine’s Robert Penfold, being on the scene as it unravelled.
The Australian reported that it was Deiby Celestino, a “local fixer” for Nine who pulled the baby girl from the crushed building. Nine cameraman Richard Moran also assisted in the rescue but missed getting the compelling footage as a result.
Seven was the only Australian network honoured from 62 news organisations, most of them US networks.
Peter Meakin, Seven’s Director of News and Public Affairs, said of the win: “This is a great honour, richly deserved. Mike and Huw’s story was a wonderful combination of professionalism and humanity. We are incredibly proud of them.”