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KUOW Wins Seven Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

May 12, 2020

Seattle, WA —KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio has won seven 2020 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, which honor outstanding achievement in broadcast and digital journalism. The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) announced the full list of regional winners today. All winners will automatically be entered into consideration for national Edward R. Murrow Awards.

KUOW received awards for excellence in writing, feature reporting, hard news, multimedia journalism, a news series, and sports reporting. KUOW was also awarded for overall excellence of regional large market radio stations.

"These awards are a wonderful testament to the talent, hard work and range of KUOW’s newsroom," said KUOW News Director Jill Jackson. "Our journalists are able to report in-depth news that really matters to our community. They also know how to tell a compelling story that both informs and sometimes even entertains. I am so proud to work with this team. "

According to RTDNA, these regional winners were selected from more than 5,000 entries and represent the best in local broadcast news.

“Murrow Award-winning journalism upholds the guiding principles of RTDNA’s Code of Ethics: truth, accuracy, fairness, context, independence, transparency and accountability for consequences,” said RTDNA Chairman Terence Shepherd. “Displaying technical excellence, creativity and innovation, this year’s winners have empowered audiences across the country to make more informed decisions for themselves and to become closer to their communities.”

KUOW is thankful to our dedicated journalists and community, who make this work possible. Below, learn more about KUOW's winning stories.

2020 REGIONAL EDWARD R. MURROW AWARDS

See full list of winners on the RTDNA website.

Excellence in Writing

It’s carpool karaoke (and free Tylenol) with this Seattle night driver

Reporter: Casey Martin

Editor: Liz Jones

In this story, part of KUOW's Night Shift series, reporter Casey Martin interviews Melinda Minder, a ride-share driver, as they ride through Seattle in the middle of the night.

caption: Melinda Miner drives for Uber on Tuesday, September 10, 2019. She's been driving the night shift for four years, hitting the road at 11 p.m. and driving until 6 or 7 a.m. Miner drives for both Uber and Lyft.
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Melinda Miner drives for Uber on Tuesday, September 10, 2019. She's been driving the night shift for four years, hitting the road at 11 p.m. and driving until 6 or 7 a.m. Miner drives for both Uber and Lyft.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Feature Reporting

23 couples, one mass celebration in Washington farm town

Reporter: Esmy Jimenez

Editor: Liz Jones

Esmy Jimenez reports on 23 weddings taking place together on a hot summer day in Mattawa, Washington. KUOW photojournalist Megan Farmer documented the celebration.

caption: Couples walk to have a group photograph taken on the steps of the church before a mass wedding ceremony with 23 couples on Sunday, June 2, 2019, at Our Lady of the Desert Church in Mattawa.
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Couples walk to have a group photograph taken on the steps of the church before a mass wedding ceremony with 23 couples on Sunday, June 2, 2019, at Our Lady of the Desert Church in Mattawa.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Hard News

She was raped 15 years ago. Her rape kit was finally tested and turned up a match

Reporter: Anna Boiko-Weyrauch

Editor: Gil Aegerter

In 2019, Washington state appropriated millions more dollars toward revamping the state’s crime lab and eliminating the state’s backlog of 10,000 untested rape kits. KUOW Reporter Anna Boiko-Weyrauch reported on one of seven rape cases filed in King County because of DNA evidence obtained through a kit that had been in the backlog.

caption: J.D. was 15 when she was raped in a small white shed in the backyard at this intersection on Capitol Hill in Seattle in 2004.
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J.D. was 15 when she was raped in a small white shed in the backyard at this intersection on Capitol Hill in Seattle in 2004.
Credit: Seattle Police Department records

Multimedia

Life after a hate crime: the recovery of DaShawn Horne

Reporter: Megan Farmer

Editor: Sydney Brownstone, Isolde Raftery

KUOW photojournalist Megan Farmer followed DaShawn Horne and his family for over a year after he was almost beaten to death in a hate crime near Seattle. Her powerful photos document his recovery.

caption: DaShawn Horne rests in his new bedroom on the first floor after spending 103 nights at Harborview Medical Center on Thursday, May 3, 2018, at his home in Auburn. (This story was first published in 2019).
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DaShawn Horne rests in his new bedroom on the first floor after spending 103 nights at Harborview Medical Center on Thursday, May 3, 2018, at his home in Auburn. (This story was first published in 2019).
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

News Series

Wired for Worry

Reporters: Isolde Raftery, Deborah Wang, Ann Dornfeld

Photojournalist: Megan Farmer

Editor: Liz Jones

KUOW's Wired for Worry series told stories about parents and children who wrestle with anxiety—from new moms to school-skipping teens—and how they look for ways through it.

caption: Photos of Seattle-area mothers who have experienced postpartum anxiety.
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Photos of Seattle-area mothers who have experienced postpartum anxiety.
Credit: KUOW Photos/Megan Farmer

Sports reporting

Former Seahawk Doug Baldwin on depression, life after football, and his mission to build community

Host: Kim Malcolm

Senior Producer: Andy Hurst

Editor: Liz Jones

All Things Considered host Kim Malcom interviewed former Seahawk Doug Baldwin about the struggles of moving forward after a lifetime of playing football.

caption: Former NFL football Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin at the location in Renton where he hopes to spearhead the construction of a community center. Baldwin is donating $1 million toward the project with the goal of raising another $5 million. Aug. 26, 2019.
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Former NFL football Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin at the location in Renton where he hopes to spearhead the construction of a community center. Baldwin is donating $1 million toward the project with the goal of raising another $5 million. Aug. 26, 2019.
Credit: AP Photo/Ted S. Warren


Overall Excellence: Large Market Radio

KUOW Puget Sound Radio

This award recognizes overall excellence in news coverage as an organization.