The Radio Television Digital News Association has announced the winners of the 2020 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, honoring outstanding achievement in broadcast and digital journalism, technical expertise, and adherence to RTDNA’s Code of Ethics. Of the awards given to journalists, the Murrow Awards are among the most respected journalism awards in the world. KLCC News has won two Regional Murrow Awards: Overall Excellence and Excellence in Writing.
The Overall Excellence award included a newscast by KLCC’s Anni Katz, as well as stories by reporters Chris Lehman, Melorie Begay, Rachael McDonald, Brian Bull, Tiffany Eckert, and Amy Brenneman. It is the second consecutive year KLCC has won a regional Murrow in this category and division (Small Market Radio).
The Excellence in Writing award went to reporter Brian Bull for his three stories: Nearly Two Years’ Work by 100 Carvers Yields Totem Pole for Sheldon High; Forests Increasingly Contending with Homeless Encampments’ Waste and Trash; and Ghoulish Teams More than Shovel Ready for Coffin Races. It is the second consecutive year that Bull has won a regional Murrow in this category and division (Small Market Radio).
The Society for Professional Journalists has recognized two KLCC stories for their 2019 Northwest Excellence in Journalism Awards.
Chris Lehman was awarded for best feature reporting for his story, Oregon Lawmakers Consider Expansion of Oregon’s Death With Dignity Law.
Rachael McDonald was runner-up winner for Environment and Natural Disaster Reporting for her story: The McKenzie, A Resilient River, That story is part of KLCC’s year-long series on Oregon Natural Resources and Resiliency funded by the UO Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics.