RADIO TELEVISION DIGITAL NEWS ASSOCIATION

Pubcasters capture 21 national Edward R. Murrow Awards

By Theodore Fischer

Battle of Picacho Pass

Arizona Public Media won a feature reporting Murrow award for The Battle of Picacho Pass.

WLRN in Miami won large-market radio Murrows for feature reporting and use of sound. Chicago’s WBEZ also won for news documentary and hard-news reporting. The award for investigative reporting went to KQED and the Center for Investigative Reporting, both based in San Francisco, for “Broken Shield: Exposing Abuses at California Developmental Centers.”

Additional large-market radio winners were KPLU in Seattle for news series; WKSU in Kent, Ohio, for sports reporting; and Minnesota Public Radio for its website.

WITF in Harrisburg, Pa., won three national Murrows in the division: one for continuing coverage and two for investigative reporting. Five additional stations won in the small-market radio division: Arizona Public Media in Tucson for feature reporting; WFIU/WTIU in Bloomington, Ind., for news documentary; WUFT in Gainesville, Fla., for hard-news reporting; WIUM/WIUW in Macomb, Ill., for use of sound; and Boise State Public Radio in Idaho, for its website.

RTDNA also presented three Murrows to public radio networks and distributors.

The “State Integrity Investigation,” a collaborative project led by Minneapolis-based Public Radio International, took the award for investigative reporting. It included reporting by 16 partner stations, including New York Public Radio’s WNYC; KPCC in Los Angeles; KERA in Dallas; WHYY in Philadelphia; WAMU in Washington, D.C.; WGBH and WBUR in Boston; WLRN; KUOW in Seattle; Colorado Public Radio in Denver; Oregon Public Broadcasting; WFAE in Charlotte, N.C.; WVXU in Cincinnati; KCUR in Kansas City; KUT in Austin, Texas; and New Hampshire Public Radio. Additional radio network Murrows went to State of the Re:Union, a series distributed by NPR and Public Radio Exchange, for the news documentary produced in partnership with Lu Olkowski, “Pike County, Ohio: As Black as We Wish to Be”; and NPR.org, which was named best website.

In other divisions, Oregon Public Broadcasting won the national Murrow for network TV news documentaries, and KPCC won for best website in the online news division.

The 2013 Murrow Awards, named for the pioneering television newsman and honoring radio and TV journalists since 1971, will be presented Oct. 14 in New York.

This article was first published in Current, July 8, 2013, and has been revised to acknowledge independent producer Lu Olkowski’s role in the State of the Re:Union’s “Pike County, Ohio: As Black as We Wish to Be.”
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