Public Media Claims 36 National Murrow Awards

June 18, 2019

RTDNA National Murrow Awards

Public radio has claimed nearly a third of the National Edward R. Murrow Awards for outstanding journalism, announced Tuesday by the Radio Television Digital News Association.  The winning coverage included reports on the recovery of a community devastated by wildfires to an investigative report of miners exposed to coal dust.

In all, public media organizations claimed 36 awards. North State Public Radio’s “After Paradise,” a daily show for northern California residents recovering from the Camp Fire, won in the category of continuing coverage. “Coal’s Deadly Dust,” an NPR/FRONTLINE report on regulators’ failure to recognize and respond to clear signs of danger for miners, received the award for investigative reporting.

NPR won four awards, and Marfa Public Radio and Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting each won three. The Mountain West News Bureau, a CPB-supported journalism collaboration, won one. And Vermont Public Radio received the National Murrow for Overall Excellence among small market radio stations.

“Public media journalism is expanding its reach and impact locally and nationally. These awards affirm the commitment public media newsrooms have to journalistic excellence and to covering stories that matter to our communities,” said Kathy Merritt, CPB senior vice president, journalism and radio. “Congratulations to all the winners.”

The awards will be presented at an October 14 gala in New York City.

Public media winners

Small Market Radio

Large Market Radio

Radio Network

Small Market Television

Television Network