RTDNA National Edward R. Murrow Awards Show Public Media’s Strength

August 21, 2023

RTDNA Murrow Awards

From a FRONTLINE documentary on the plot to overturn the 2020 election to a WLRN report on how researchers caught the heaviest snake in Florida history, public media excelled again this year at the National Edward R. Murrow Awards, given by the Radio Television Digital News Association to honor outstanding achievement in broadcast and digital journalism.

“These award-winning works show the breadth and depth of public media journalism, from hard-hitting investigative reporting to well-told features,” said Kathy Merritt, senior vice president, radio, journalism and CSG services, for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. “These outstanding journalists fulfill public media’s essential mission in keeping people informed about and connected to their communities.”

Public media won the lion’s share of the awards in the radio categories, including network radio, with Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting (in partnership with PRX), claiming four awards for reports ranging from the end of Roe v. Wade and abortion laws to why those suspected of war crimes often walk free.

Texas Public Radio in San Antonio won two awards in Large Market Radio categories, including Overall Excellence, and WCAI (Cape Cod and Islands, MA) led the Small Market Radio categories with three wins, including one for breaking news coverage of how Martha’s Vineyard residents rallied to help migrants flown there unannounced. The Kansas News Service, in collaboration with High Plains Public Radio and KMUW in Wichita, won three awards: for coverage of Western Kansas, how social-emotional learning got political, and why competitive hunting can’t stop coyotes from thriving in Kansas.

Awards will be presented at an RTDNA gala October 9 in New York City.

Public media winners:

Network TV

Network Radio

Large Market Radio

Small Market Television

Small Market Radio


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