The North Carolina Center for Voter Education recently honored WRAL-TV with the organization’s Spectrum of Democracy Award. Given to WRAL for “responsible election coverage,” the award was presented on Thursday,
April 7, 2005.
WRAL-TV Managing Editor Bonnie Moore accepted the award on behalf of the station at the awards ceremony, held during a 6pm dinner at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center in RTP. The event also featured a panel discussion focused on the 2004 judicial elections in NC.
The NC Center for Voter Education selected WRAL as a recipient because “WRAL-TV served as an important voter resource in the Raleigh/Durham area through a televised gubernatorial debate and granting of free air time to candidates, as well as extended election coverage on an all-news channel.”
NBC-17 received a Spectrum of Democracy Award for the Raleigh/Durham area along with WRAL. Longworth Productions received the award for the Greensboro/Winston-Salem area, and UNC-TV received the statewide award.
The NC Center for Voter Education is a non-profit organization focused on improving the quality and responsiveness of the state’s election system in order to raise citizen awareness, make the election process more inclusive, and to increase election participation.