WVPB Wins Three Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards
West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s news team has earned three awards in the Radio Television Digital News Association’s 2020 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.
WVPB’s News Team won regional awards in the Region 8, Small Market Radio Division, competing with news agencies from throughout Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. WVPB won the following categories:
- Continuing Coverage: Blackjewel Coal Miners Stop Trains by Brittany Patterson, WVPB Energy and Environment Reporter, and Sydney Boles, Ohio Valley ReSource Reporter
- Feature Reporting: Luthiery School Taps Eastern Kentucky's Rich Music Tradition As Part Of Opioid Crisis Solution by Caitlin Tan, WVPB Folkways Reporter
- Podcast: Without Enough Support, Working Moms Struggle to Make Breastfeeding Work, WVPB's Inside Appalachia team.
Executive Director Chuck Roberts said the WVPB news team is committed to excellence in journalism.
“The work we do to bring people the important stories of Appalachia — from strikes in the energy industry, to folkways stories and to stories about the struggles of working mothers — deserves recognition,” Roberts said. “Although we don’t do what we do to win awards, we are honored to have earned three Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.
"I am proud of the work that Brittany, Caitlin, and the Inside Appalachia team did to bring these award-winning stories to the world," Roberts said.
Regional winners proceed to the national round of the competition.
RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in journalism with these awards since 1971. Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession of electronic journalism.