Pubcasters win total of 173 regional Murrow Awards

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NPR stations won 82 large-market regional Murrow Awards, while small-market pubcasters captured 91.

Among all stations, WLRN in Miami topped public radio’s regional winners by taking 11 awards in 13 Murrow categories: overall excellence, breaking news, continuing coverage, feature reporting, investigative reporting, news documentary, new series, hard-news reporting, use of sound, writing and website. “We feel thrilled and humbled by the honor,” said Dan Grech, news director. “I couldn’t be prouder of the team.”

Four additional large-market pubcasters each won six Murrows: KQED in San Francisco, WBEZ in Chicago, KUT in Austin and WBUR in Boston. And four large-market stations each won four Murrows: KUOW in Seattle; St. Louis Public Radio; WUNC in Chapel Hill, N.C.; and KCUR in Kansas City, Mo.

Two small-market radio pubcasters gathered seven Murrows apiece: KCCU in Lawton, Okla., an NPR affiliate operated by Cameron University; and WUFT, operated by the University of Florida in Gainesville. Boise State Radio, South Dakota Public Radio and WITF in Harrisburg, Pa., won six Murrows; KUNC in Greeley, Colo., and Arizona Public Broadcasting came away with five. And four awards went to KAZU in Santa Monica, Calif.; KBIA in Columbia, Mo.; WGLT in Normal, Ill.; Alabama Public Radio; and Vermont Public Radio.

Presented since 1971, the RTDNA awards honor outstanding achievements in electronic journalism for which Edward R. Murrow set the standard. The winners from 13 regions are automatically entered in the national Edward R. Murrow Awards competition, which will be judged during the summer and presented in New York Oct. 14. In 2012, of the 645 regional Murrow Awards winners, 99 went on to win national awards.

This news item has been corrected to identify WUNC’s city of license as Chapel Hill, N.C.
This article was first published in Current, May 13, 2013.

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