WCVE News Wins 6 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards | Community Idea Stations


WCVE News Wins 6 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

Named in honor of famous American broadcast journalist, awards recognize excellence in broadcast and digital journalism.


More information: https://rtdna.org/content/2019_regional_edward_r_murrow_award_winners


Richmond, Va. - Since 1971, the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has recognized outstanding achievements in electronic journalism through the presentation of Edward R. Murrow Awards. On April 23, RTDNA announced that WCVE News (88.9 FM) had been honored with six Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in the Small Market Radio category for Region 12 (Delaware, Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia). 


“We're very proud of our growing team of journalists. These awards reflect a lot of talent, hard work and passion for storytelling and community service,” notes Craig Carper, News Director for WCVE News. “It's very fulfilling to share this news with our audience. Their continued support has allowed us to invest in local news and we are all benefiting from the return on that investment.”


WCVE News received Regional Murrow Awards in the categories of Continuing Coverage, Excellence in Innovation, Excellence in Social Media, Excellence in Sound, Feature Reporting, and Investigative Reporting for the following stories:


Continuing Coverage
Deeds Commission Works to Overhaul State Mental Health System


Excellence in Innovation
The Hog Island Fig: Radio and Digital Feature Sparks Sensory Community Engagement Experience


Excellence in Social Media
WCVE News Social Media Highlights


Excellence in Sound
Folklife Program Keeps Virginia’s Diverse Cultural Traditions Alive


Feature Reporting
In Lexington, Va He’s a Professor; In Ghana, He’s a King


Investigative Reporting
For Virginia Homebuyers, Rent-To-Own Homes Often Too Good To Be True


“From Petersburg to Richmond to the Eastern Shore, these award-winning stories cover a range of important issues happening around the state," says Senior Editor Catherine Komp. "We are thrilled to see this coverage recognized, from rent-to-own housing contracts and shortcomings in the state mental health care system to preserving Virginia folklife traditions and profiling a Lexington professor who also serves as a Ghanaian King. Additionally, being recognized for Excellence in Social Media and Excellence in Innovation shows how WCVE has developed our coverage on digital platforms and experimented with new ways to merge stories and community engagement."


Over the past year, WCVE News has worked to grow its news team and expand its reach. According to Bill Miller, Vice President and General Manager of WCVE Public Radio, this growth has had a real impact on the station’s ability to cover and document local news.


“A significant fact for me about these six awards is that four different news reporters and two of our digital staff members had a hand in them. It is a symbol of the depth of skill and trust among our journalists -- and across our company,” explains Miler. “Our reporters won five regional Murrow awards last year and two the year before that, and this growth from year to year represents the steadily increasing service we are providing our listeners and our community.” 


This year’s regional winners come from 14 regions and represent 309 local radio and TV newsrooms. All regional winners are automatically under consideration for National Murrow Awards, to be announced in June.


WCVE News is part of the Richmond-based Community Idea Stations.


About the Community Idea Stations:
The Community Idea Stations, the largest locally owned and operated public media company in central Virginia, provides the best of PBS and NPR programming coupled with a strong set of community-based programs and services to make an important impact in the areas of arts, news, history, science, and education. Each week, the stations reach over 300,000 people throughout central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley. 


The stations offer television programming throughout the region on stations including WCVE/WHTJ PBS, WCVW/WVPY PBS, WVPT PBS, PBS Kids 24/7, lifestyle channel Create TV, and international program channel MHz Worldview. 


In Richmond, the Community Ideas Stations also broadcasts on radio. WCVE News provides Morning Edition, All Things Considered, as well as NPR talk shows and BBC News on 88.9 FM (HD1). WCVE Music provides classical, jazz, blues, world music, and more on 93.1 FM  and 107.3 FM (HD2). 


More information can be found at IdeaStations.org.



Media Contact:

Sarah Yount
(804) 560-8232


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