WDBJ journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward receive posthumous Emmy Award

This undated photo provided by WDBJ-TV, in Roanoke, Va., shows station reporter Alison Parker, left, and cameraman Adam Ward. Ward and Parker were fatally shot on-air Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, by a former staffer in Moneta, Va. (WDBJ-TV via AP)

ROANOKE, Va. (WRIC/CNN) — The television news reporter and photojournalist shot to death while on air earlier this year have received one of broadcast journalism’s top honors.

Their colleagues presented posthumous Emmy awards to the families of Alison Parker and Adam Ward. Both received the special “Ted Yates Award” Emmy statuette from the Washington, D.C. area chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts And Sciences.

A third Emmy was given to the staff of WDBJ-TV in Roanoke for “showing courage in the face of tragedy.”

In August, Parker and Ward were killed by a former co-worker who ambushed them during a live morning news segment.

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