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KBIA Wins Two National Edward R. Murrow Awards, Including Award for Overall Excellence

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KBIA has been awarded two National Edward R. Murrow Awards in the competition among small market radio stations in the country. For the first time in the station’s history, it took the top award in the contest, being named the winner in the Overall Excellence Category. KBIA’s podcast Show Me The State also won its own award in the Podcast category.  The Radio Television Digital News Association announced the winners Saturday evening in a virtual ceremony.

KBIA’s entry in the overall excellence competition consisted of a variety of the station’s coverage from 2019. Some examples were an investigation into unanswered calls to the state’s Elder Abuse Hotline, our special project Missouri Health Talks, our talk show Intersection, coverage of the Jefferson City tornado, and 2019 municipal election coverage.  The coverage is a mixture of work by KBIA’s professional journalists, and by journalists who are students at the University of Missouri, working at the station as part of their coursework. You can view the entry here.

KBIA’s Show Me The State won the award for Best Podcast among small market radio stations. It’s the first year the category has been included in the competition. The winning episode was “The Legend of Doc Annie.” The story was produced by host Kristofor Husted and producer Jamie Hobbs.

These entries competed against the winners in 13 regional competitions earlier this year to win the national honor. KBIA won 8 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards this year, the second most of any small market radio station in the country.

KBIA has now won nine National Murrow Awards.  KBIA won the national award for Continuing Coverage in 2018Excellence in Innovation in 2017, for best website in both 2014 and 2016for feature reporting in 2015, for News Documentary in 2006 and for Investigative Reporting in 2007. A student also won the national student Edward R. Murrow Award in 2017.

This wraps up a remarkable awards season for KBIA, in which it won 2 international, 12 national and 21 regional and state honors. Those include two wins in the Society for Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Awards, five awards from the Public Media Journalists Association, a National Headliner Award, a New York Festivals Award, and being named a finalist in the Webby Awards.  Students working at KBIA also won many honors in student competitions, including first place in the Hearst Awards competition and a national win in SPJ’s Mark of Excellence Awards.