Preheim won the award with former 9NEWS photojournalist Anne Herbst for "Adde's Lesson," the story of Highlands Ranch kindergarten student Adde Hinton and her special relationship with army Pfc. Sean Healy. The precocious five-year old "adopted" the soldier through American Military Family, Inc. For the duration of Healy's deployment in Afghanistan, Adde sent care packages, drawings and letters of support that sustained him through that difficult mission. "Adde's Lesson" chronicles the unique relationship between the child and "her" soldier from their first, heartwarming meeting at a Lakewood restaurant, through Healy's 133-day deployment and finally to their triumphant reunion at Fort Carson.
9NEWS Vice President and News Director Patti Dennis said, "Cheryl Preheim and Anne Herbst put a face on war through the eyes of a five year old girl. They captured the innocence of youth in contrast to the reality of what soldiers sacrifice during times of intense conflict. Cheryl and Anne took the time to show us a powerful friendship ignited by one child who worried about one soldier. This was memorable and important television."
The story has previously won awards in both the regional Edward R. Murrow and Associated Press contests, as well as multiple honors from the National Press Photographers Association.
The RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Murrow's pursuit of excellence in journalism embodies the spirit of the awards that carry his name.
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