The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. We’re thrilled to announce that five KQED stories — on radio, television and online — have just won prestigious regional Murrow Awards.

The Origins of Hella (part of KQED News’ Bay Curious series)
Adizah Eghan, Olivia Allen-Price, Julia Scott
Winner: Radio Feature Reporting

The Origins of Hella

As part of our series Bay Curious, we’re answering questions from KQED listeners and readers. This question comes from Ventura Albor, who wanted to know: How is it that “hella” became synonymous with the Bay? Ventura’s question was inspired by his college days at UC Davis. “L.A.

The Changing Face of Chinatown
Stephanie Martin Taylor
Winner: Writing

San Francisco’s Chinatown Residents Fear Evictions and Gentrification

Imagine leaving your home for a few hours to run some errands. When you get back, you find a hole – about the size of a doughnut – cut through your front door. Underneath it, someone has installed a new doorknob. And when you try your key, it doesn’t fit.

Behind the Scenes at Stanford’s Laptop Orchestra
April Dembosky, Victoria Mauleon
Winner: Radio, Use of Sound

Behind the Scenes at the Stanford Laptop Orchestra

Madeline Huberth could play Beethoven with the best of them. She studied cello in college and planned on going professional. But then she started to get shooting pains in her left hand when she practiced. Her fingers were tingling. And surgery did nothing to help. “I started losing muscle mass in my hand,” Huberth says.

Books and Bullets
Adam Grossberg, Zaidee Stavely, Julia McEvoy
Winner: TV, Use of Video

Oakland Mom Seeks to Make Schools Better for Kids Traumatized by Violence

A three-part series that examines how the constant thrum of violence in some Oakland neighborhoods is changing the lives of children and the teachers who care


Giant Sequoias Struggle with Drought
Gabriela Quiros, KQED Science
Winner: TV, Hard News

Giant Sequoias Struggle with Drought

In the summer of 2014, biologist Nathan Stephenson was surveying giant sequoias in a clearing in Sequoia National Park. He looked up at the crown of a mature giant sequoia, hundreds of years old, and noticed that half of its leaves had turned brown.

WATCH/LISTEN: The KQED Stories That Won a 2016 Edward R. Murrow Award! 19 April,2016On KQED