2018 Regional Murrow Awards: Public Radio Reigns

May 1, 2018

2018 Murrow Awards

A total of 84 CPB-supported public media organizations won 262 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, announced April 24 by the Radio Television Digital News Association. The awards recognize the best journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world.

Public radio claimed more than three-quarters of all the awards in the United States radio categories. WBUR Boston led all nominees with 12 Regional Murrows, followed by WITF (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) and South Dakota Public Broadcasting, with 11 each, and WLRN (Miami), with 10.

WBUR’s winning reports range from continuing coverage of the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts to a sports feature on how Major League Baseball pitcher Jim Abbott, who was born without a right hand, learned resilience from a third-grade teacher who devised a way for him to tie his own shoes.

“These Regional Murrow Awards underscore the importance and quality of the work of public media’s local journalists,” said Kathy Merritt, CPB senior vice president, journalism and radio. “CPB is proud to support the commitment to local journalism displayed by the winning stations and journalism collaborations. Their coverage is vital to the communities they serve.” 

Public media produced several Regional Murrow winners via journalism collaborations launched with CPB funding, including a report on funding teacher pay raises by the Kansas News Service; a report on how the Marines are changing the sounds of war by The American Homefront Project; and a 1970s romance on the Yukon frontier, from Alaska’s Energy Desk. The CPB-supported Louisiana Public Radio Partnership among WWNO, WRKF and KRVS to cover the Louisiana flood recovery won two awards, for continuing coverage and feature reporting, and the Texas Station Collaboration’s Texas Standard won three Regional Murrows, including best newscast.

CPB investment in innovative projects such as the PRX Project Catapult podcasting boot camp and AIR’s Localore, a research and development project to develop innovative storytelling, helped lead to two Regional Murrows: “2100 Edmondson,” an episode of WYPR’s Out of the Blocks podcast, which examines Baltimore neighborhoods, and Chicago’s Nazi Neighborhood, an episode of WBEZ’s “Curious City,” launched in 2012 through Localore. In addition, New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Civics 101” podcast, which received programming support from CPB, won a Regional Murrow for innovation.

Regional winners are eligible for the National Edward R. Murrow Awards, to be announced in June.

Here are the CPB-supported public media winners, followed by the number of awards for those that won more than one.

Region 1

Small Market Radio

  • Boise State Public Radio (Idaho), 5
  • Jefferson Public Radio (southern Oregon), 4
  • KLCC (Eugene, Oregon)
  • Alaska Public Media/Alaska's Energy Desk collaboration

Large Market Radio 

  • Oregon Public Broadcasting, 5
  • KUOW (Seattle, Washington), 4
  • KNKX (Seattle, Washington)

Region 2

Small Market Radio

  • KCLU (Santa Barbara, California), 3
  • KAZU (Pacific Grove, California), 2
  • KUNR (Reno, Nevada), 2

Large Market Radio

  • KQED (San Francisco, California), 2
  • KPCC (Southern California Public Radio)
  • KCRW (Santa Monica, California)
  • KALW (San Francisco, California)

Region 3

Small Market Radio

  • Arizona Public Media (southern Arizona), 4
  • KNAU (Flagstaff, Arizona), 2
  • Wyoming Public Radio, 2
  • KUNC (Greeley, Colorado)
  • KUNM (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
  • Aspen Public Radio (Colorado)

Small Market Television

  • Arizona Public Media (southern Arizona), 3

Large Market Radio

  • KJZZ (Phoenix, Arizona), 5
  • Colorado Public Radio

Region 4

Small Market Radio

  • South Dakota Public Broadcasting, 11

Small Market TV

  • Wisconsin Public Television

Large Market Radio 

  • Minnesota Public Radio News, 4
  • WUWM (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), 3

Region 5

Small Market Radio

  • KBIA (Columbia. Missouri), 9
  • KMUW (Wichita, Kansas), 3
  • KSMU (Springfield, Missouri)

Small Market Television

  • Nebraska Educational Television

Large Market Radio

  • KCUR (Kansas City, Missouri), 5
  • St. Louis Public Radio, 2
  • Kansas News Service journalism collaboration

Large Market Television

  • KCPT (Kansas City, Missouri)

Region 6

Small Market Radio

  • Marfa Public Radio (Texas), 9
  • KETR (Commerce, Texas)

Large Market Radio

  • KUT (Austin, Texas), 5
  • KERA (Dallas, Texas), 3 
  • Texas Standard (Texas public radio collaboration), 3
  • Texas Public Radio (south Central Texas), 2

Region 7

Small Market Radio

  • WFIU/WTIU (Bloomington, Indiana), 7
  • WNIN (Evansville, Indiana), 2
  • Interlochen Public Radio (northern Michigan), 2
  • WCMU Public Media (Central and lower Michigan)
  • Tri-States Public Radio (western Illinois, southeast Iowa and northeast Missouri)
  • WILL (Urbana, Illinois)

Large Market Radio

  • WVXU (Cincinnati, Ohio), 2
  • WBEZ (Chicago, Illinois), 4
  • Michigan Radio (Ann Arbor/Detroit, Michigan), 6
  • ideastream (Cleveland, Ohio), 2
  • WFYI (Indianapolis, Indiana)

Region 8

Small Market Radio 

  • West Virginia Public Broadcasting, 5
  • WFPL (Louisville, Kentucky), 3
  • WUTC (Chattanooga, Tennessee)

Large Market Radio

  • WUNC (Chapel Hill/Research Triangle, North Carolina), 6 (including one from The American Homefront Project)
  • WFDD (Winston-Salem/Piedmont Triad, North Carolina), 3
  • Nashville Public Radio (Tennessee), 2
  • WFAE (Charlotte, North Carolina), 2

Region 9

Small Market Radio

  • WBHM (Birmingham, Alabama), 5
  • Alabama Public Radio (Tuscaloosa/Western Alabama), 3

Large Market Radio

  • WWNO (New Orleans, Louisiana), 2
  • WWNO/WRKF/KRVS Louisiana Public Radio Partnership/Flood Recovery (New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana), 2

Region 10

Small Market Radio

  • New Hampshire Public Radio, 4
  • Vermont Public Radio, 4
  • WNPR (Connecticut), 2
  • Maine Public Radio, 2

Large Market Radio

  • WBUR (Boston, Massachusetts), 12  
  • WGBH (Boston, Massachusetts), 2

Large Market Television  

  • Connecticut Public Television

Region 11

Small Market Radio

  • WITF (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania), 11
  • North Country Public Radio (Canton, New York), 2

Large Market Radio

  • WHYY (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), 3
  • WNYC (New York City, New York)
  • WESA (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

Region 12

Small Market Radio

  • Community Idea Stations (Richmond, Virginia), 5
  • Radio IQ/WVTF (Roanoke, Virginia)

Large Market Radio

  • WAMU (Washington, D.C.), 6
  • WYPR (Baltimore, Maryland)

Region 13

Small Market Radio

  • WUFT (Gainesville, Florida), 5
  • WGCU Public Media (Gulf Coast/Fort Myers, Florida) 5
  • WFSU (Tallahassee, Florida), 2

Small Market Television 

  • WFSU (Tallahassee, Florida), 2

Large Market Radio

  • WLRN (Miami/South Florida), 10
  • WUSF (Tampa, Florida)