BURBANK—Journalist Peter Musurlian won five Golden Mikes on January 22nd at RTNA’s annual awards banquet in Universal City. It is the first time in the 61-year history of the award that an individual has single-handedly won five Golden Mikes in TV categories, as a one-man band entrant. Musurlian produced, shot, wrote, and edited all of his winning entries.
Since 2002, Musurlian had won three Golden Mikes. His record-breaking evening in January now brings his career total to eight. He has also garnered two Los Angeles Area Emmy nominations over the past decade, all for his work at The Burbank Channel(formerly known as BTV6), the Government Access Channel for the City of Burbank.
The prestigious Golden Mike is awarded for excellence in broadcast news, by the RTNA, the Radio & Television Association of Southern California.
Musurlian’s 12-year-old program, Burbank Magazine, won for Best News Public Affairs Program in Division B, which is the division for TV stations with fewer than 50 employees.
Musurlian also won for Best Serious Feature Reporting, for a story on a Burbank Lions Club trip to Mexico to dispense free eyeglasses; Best Business & Consumer Reporting, for a story on Gavina Coffee, the largest privately-held minority coffee roaster in America; and Best Entertainment Reporting and Best Video Editing of a Feature Story, for a report on “runaway production,” about movie and television productions shooting outside California to cut costs.
Musurlian, the grandson of genocide survivors, is a former television news reporter in Montana, Texas and the nation’s capital, as well as a U.S. Army veteran, who reported for American Forces Network in Central Europe and the Balkans in the late 1990s. He holds a B.A. from the University of Southern California (USC) and three master’s degrees from schools in Texas, California and Washington D.C.