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Seven News wins international prizes for US reporting

Seven’s news and public affairs team has won two awards for US stories at this year’s New York Festivals International TV and Film Awards announced yesterday.

The prizes were for the network’s coverage of the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay shooting and an investigation into the realities of the Trump Administration’s plans to build a wall on the Mexican border.

Winning the gold medal for coverage of a breaking news story were Seven News’ US correspondent, Ashlle Mullany and cameraman Duncan McLeod for their coverage of the Las Vegas mass shooting in October last year.

Mullany McLeod were staying in the Mandalay Hotel and were woken by the shooter’s gunfire five floors above their rooms. The two went live to air via a mobile phone link and broadcast for some 48 hours after the shooting.

Craig McPherson, Seven’s Director of News and Public Affairs, said: “Under enormous uncertainty and pressure Ashlee and Duncan produced extraordinary storytelling as this tragic event was unfolding around them. The mayhem and fear was there for all to see.

“On a terrible night they accurately brought home to Australia what they were witnessing. For days leading the coverage. The award is great recognition of their commitment to their craft and our audience.”

In their 55th year, the annual New York Festivals World’s Best TV & Films competition celebrate exceptional and innovative content across all platforms from 50 countries.

Seven’s other winner was current affairs show, Sunday Night, which was awarded a Silver World Medal in the Special Report category for its report titled The Wall of the Wild West.

The programs followed Seven’s US Bureau Chief Mike Amor and cameraman Duncan McLeod travels to the US border with Mexico to investigate Donald Trump’s rallying cry to “Build the wall”

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