KQED is the proud recipient of six regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). The awards recognize the best electronic journalism produced by radio, television and digital news organizations around the world.
The KQED News and KQED Science teams received an award for Continuing Coverage for their reporting on the California drought crisis.
Host Olivia Allen-Price and her fellow Bay Curious producers took home an Excellence in Innovation award for their work on the project, which relaunched as a podcast in late 2016.
KQED Science reporter Craig Miller received a pair of nods — one for Excellence in Sound for his reporting on underwater no
ise pollution, and an Excellence in Writing award for his work on how heat-seeking drones can help prevent fire deaths.
Sasha Khokha, host of The California Report weekly news magazine, won the Investigative Reporting award for “There’s a Cancer-Causing Chemical in My Drinking Water.”
Julie Small and Lisa Pickoff-White won in the News Series category for “Two Deaths in One Jail in One Month: How Are We Treating Mentally Ill Inmates?”
KQED’s John Sepulvado, morning host of The California Report, was also recognized with a Murrow award for his coverage for the Malheur Wildlife Refuge occupation for OPB in Portland
“This is an enormously talented news team, doing impactful public service journalism,” says Holly Kernan, vice president, KQED News. “I’m so honored to work with these creative, dedicated and inspiring professionals.”
All the winners now move on to the national awards. A complete list of the 2017 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards winners can be found at rtdna.org.
KQED serves the people of Northern California with a public-supported alternative to commercial media. An NPR and PBS affiliate based in San Francisco, KQED is home to one of the most listened-to public radio stations in the nation, one of the highest-rated public television services and an award-winning education program helping students and educators thrive in 21st-century classrooms. A trusted news source and leader and innovator in interactive technology, KQED takes people of all ages on journeys of exploration — exposing them to new people, places and ideas.
RTDNA is the world’s largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. Founded as a grassroots organization in 1946, RTDNA works to protect the rights of electronic journalists throughout the country, promotes ethical standards in the industry, provides members with training and education and honors outstanding work in the profession through the Edward R. Murrow Awards.