NPR, NHPR Lead Public Media at the National Murrow Awards

June 26, 2017

2017 National Murrow Award winners

From an NPR investigative report on Wells Fargo whistleblowers to a Vermont Public Radio video that uses Legos to show how the Iowa Caucus works, public media organizations were among the biggest winners of the 2017 National Edward R. Murrow Awards. The Murrows, announced June 20 by the by the Radio Television Digital News Association, represent the best journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations in the United States and abroad.

CPB-supported public media organizations received 28 of the 117 national Murrow Awards given, including 27 of the 40 radio awards.

"The Murrow Awards honor public media’s commitment to content that informs and educates through high quality journalism and storytelling,” said Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). "CPB proudly supports public media stations and producers who provide content across all platforms and are committed to innovation and collaboration on all levels, ensuring all Americans have access to this award-winning content free of charge and commercial free."

NPR and New Hampshire Public Radio each won three Murrow Awards, including excellence in innovation for NPR and overall excellence in small market radio for NHPR.

Notably, public media organizations swept the Murrows for excellence in innovation in the radio categories, with WNYC’s “Harlem Heat” project winning the large market category and the digital storytelling tool from KBIA, Columbia, Mo., winning the small market category. NPR ED, which explores how learning happens, was the radio network category winner.  

In addition, “Mystery Sharks of Seattle,” part of the Wildlife Detectives Series from KCTS-Seattle in conjunction with EarthFix, a CPB-supported journalism collaboration, won large television market news documentary.

RTDNA will present the awards at a gala in New York City October 9.  CPB-supported winners include:

Network Radio
NPR: Continuing coverage, “Wells Fargo Hurts Whistleblowers - NPR Investigation Sparks Senate Inquiry”: innovation, NPR ED; feature reporting, “Challenger Engineer Sheds 30 Years of Guilt.”

Large Market Television
Cascade Public Media / KCTS / EarthFix, Seattle: News documentary, “Wildlife Detectives: Mystery Sharks of Seattle.”

Small Market Radio
New Hampshire Public Radio: Overall excellence; feature reporting, “TFC: New Hampshire's Legendary Trail "Fixing" Crew”; news series, “No Place to Go: Homeless in New Hampshire.”

WVTF/RadioIQ, Charlottesville: Continuing coverage, “New Evidence of Innocence: The Jens Soering Story”; investigative reporting, “Life Without Parole: A Five-Part Series.”

Vermont Public Radio: Video, “How The Iowa Caucus Works, In 2 Minutes (Starring Legos); news documentary, “What Is The Status Of The Abenaki Native Americans In Vermont Today?

KBIA, Columbia, Mo.: Innovation, KBIA’s unique in-depth digital storytelling tool.

WFIU/WTIU, Bloomington, Ind.: Social media.

WSHU Public Radio, Fairfield, Conn.: Sound, “Why is America’s first country music superstar buried in Bridgeport?

KNAU, Arizona Public Radio: Writing, “Apache Chef Revives the Cuisine of His Ancestors.”

KMUW, Wichita, Kan.: Hard news reporting, “Then and Now: The Summer of Justice.”

WITF, Harrisburg, Pa. Sports reporting: “Polo on BMX bikes.”

North Country Public Radio, Canton, NY: Website,

Large Market Radio
WNYC Radio/New York Public Radio, innovation, “Harlem Heat Project”; hard news reporting, “Gentrification: Feeling Like an Outsider in Your Own Neighborhood.”

KUT, Austin, Texas: Social media; news documentary (with Texas Standard), “Texas Standard: Out of the Blue: 50 Years After the UT Tower Shooting.”

KCUR, Kansas City. Mo.: Sound, “What It's Like To Relearn To Hear Through Cochlear Implants.”

KERA, Dallas: Video, “One Crisis Away: Rebuilding a Life - Jennifer Anderson.”

WBEZ, Chicago: Writing, “The Gross Gatherings: A climate fight on Chicago’s South Side.”

KCRW, Santa Monica, Calif.: Feature reporting, “Mr. Fries Man goes viral.”

KQED, San Francisco: Investigative reporting, “There’s a Cancer-Causing Chemical in My Drinking Water. Will California Finally Regulate It?

State Impact Indiana (Indiana public broadcasting collaboration): News series, “English Language Learner Services Navigate Indiana's New School Funding Formula.”

WBUR, Boston: Sports reporting, “How A Phone Call Helped Turn An Olympic Letdown Into A World Record.”