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KUOW wins three Public Media Journalists Association Awards

June 25, 2021

Seattle, WA -- KUOW has won three Public Media Journalists Association Awards, which recognize outstanding public media reporting from around the country. The winners, announced in a virtual ceremony Thursday night, were chosen from nearly 1,300 entries. See the full list here.

Below, we've shared KUOW's winning stories. We are proud of our team of journalists and the incredible reporting they did in 2020. We are also grateful to our supporters, who make this work possible.

First Place - Commentary

'Gracias por todo.' Delivering food during the pandemic was worth it to hear my mom say these words

Story by Luis Hernandez Vargas. Edited by Joshua McNichols with production support and mentorship from Lila Lakehart.

In this story, RadioActive Youth Media producer Luis Hernandez Vargas shares his experience working as a delivery person while taking care of his immunocompromised mother. This story was part of KUOW's Voices of the Pandemic series, which also won a PMJA award.

caption: A pedestrian crosses an empty 4th Avenue on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Seattle.
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A pedestrian crosses an empty 4th Avenue on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

First Place - Series

Voices of the Pandemic

Lead reporting by Joshua McNichols, with contributing reporting by Ruby de Luna, Kate Walters, Alec Cowen, Isolde Raftery, Eilis O'Neill, Alison Bruzek, Kristin Leong, Ashley Hiruko, John Ryan, Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong, Carolyn Adolph, Esmy Jimenez, Luis Hernandes Vargas, Natalie Newcomb and Jared Lam. Series edited by Carol Smith.

This series documented first-person accounts of the pandemic, from those fighting on the frontlines to those impacted in unexpected ways. The result is a vast collection of stories highlighting the diverse experiences of a community in crisis.

caption: Jessica Cook at the drive through testing site where she works in Snohomish County
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Jessica Cook at the drive through testing site where she works in Snohomish County
Credit: Jessica Cook

First Place - Nationally Edited News Coverage

Now what? Young Latinos struggle post-election to find their place in US

Reporting by Esmy Jimenez.

This story was part of "Every 30 Seconds," a collaborative public media reporting project tracing the young Latino electorate leading up to the 2020 presidential election and beyond.

caption: Michelle Aguilar Ramirez recently moved to Spokane, Washington, from Seattle with her mom, but says she has struggled with the multiple racist incidents she's experienced since she's arrived. She walks in her neighborhood every day, but avoids certain areas where neighbors fly confederate flags or Make America Great Again signs.
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Michelle Aguilar Ramirez recently moved to Spokane, Washington, from Seattle with her mom, but says she has struggled with the multiple racist incidents she's experienced since she's arrived. She walks in her neighborhood every day, but avoids certain areas where neighbors fly confederate flags or Make America Great Again signs.
Credit: Rajah Bose/The World