Edward R. Murrow Award

Murrow Award

Since 1977, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting has recognized outstanding contributions to public radio by presenting the Edward R. Murrow Award. This award honors individuals whose work has fostered the growth, quality, and positive image of public radio.

During three decades in broadcasting as reporter, producer, executive, and government official, Murrow was an outspoken advocate for responsible, courageous, and imaginative use of the electronic media. These principles apply particularly to public radio and to those who have helped shape its direction.

Murrow Award winners' contributions and achievements may have occurred over many years or during a short period of time and can include any facet of public radio. Individuals need not be professionals in public radio but should be active in promoting this unique informational and cultural resource.

2015

Ofeibea Quist-Arcton

International Correspondent, NPR

David Gilkey

Photographer and Video Editor, NPR 
» Press release

2011*

Lourdes Garcia-Navarro

Foreign Correspondent, NPR 
» Press release

2010

Nina Totenberg

Legal Affairs Correspondent, NPR 
» Press release

2009

Ira Glass

Host and Executive Producer, This American Life 
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2008

Laura R. Walker

President and Chief Executive Officer, WNYC New York 
» Press release

2007

Dave Isay

President, Sound Portraits Productions 
» Press release

2006

Kevin Klose

President and Chief Executive Officer, NPR
» Kevin Klose 
» Kevin Klose's Acceptance Remarks 
» Press release

2005

Wayne C. Roth

General Manager, KUOW Seattle
» Press release

2004

Anne Garrels

NPR Foreign Correspondent
» Press release

2003

Terry Gross

Host, Fresh Air with Terry Gross
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2002

Peter J. Loewenstein

Vice President for Distribution, NPR
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2001

Richard H. Madden

Vice President, Radio, CPB
» Richard Madden 
» Richard Madden's Acceptance Remarks
» Press release

2000

Jane Christo

General Manager, The WBUR Group
» Press release

1999

Hugo Morales

Founder and Executive Director, Radio Bilingue, Inc.
» Press release

1998

Jack W. Mitchell

Former Director, Wisconsin Public Radio
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1997

William E. Buzenberg

Former News Vice President, NPR
» Press release

1996

Jay Allison

Independent producer

1995

Lynn Chadwick

President, National Federation of Community Broadcasters

1994

Tom Church

President, Radio Research Consortium

David Giovannoni

President, Audience Research Analysis

1993

Douglas J. Bennet

Former President, NPR

1992

Kenneth N. Dayton

Founding Chairman, American Public Radio

1991

E. Wayne Bundy

Executive director of the Rocky Mountain Corporation for Public Broadcasting

1990

Cokie Roberts

NPR Congressional Correspondent

1989

Leo C. Lee

Founder and president of Western Public Radio

1988

Joe N. Gwathmey

Founder and President, Western Public Radio

1987

Thomas J. Thomas and Theresa R. Clifford

Former Vice President of Programming, NPR

1986

William H. Siemering

Creator, All Things Considered

1985

Garrison Keillor

Creator and Host, A Prairie Home Companion

1984

Bob Edwards

Host, NPR's Morning Edition

1983

Samuel C.O. Holt

Former Senior Vice President of Programming, NPR

1982

Ronald C. Bornstein

Former Board Member, NPR
Former Vice President for Telecommunications, CPB

1981

William H. Kling

President and Founder, Minnesota Public Radio

1980

Susan Stamberg

Co-host, NPR's All Things Considered

1979

Albert L. Hulsen

First CPB Director of Radio Activities
Creator, On the Way Home, forerunner of All Things Considered

1978

Donald R. Quayle

First President of NPR
Former Senior Vice President of Broadcasting, CPB

1977

Burton D. Harrison

Public radio pioneer
Former Manager, KWSU-AM

*Award presented the following year