CHICAGO (April 24, 2019) – WBEZ 91.5FM, Chicago’s NPR news station, has been recognized with a pair of 2019 National Headliner Awards from the Press Club of Atlantic City, as well as two Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association.
WBEZ, along with the Chicago Tribune, was named a first-place recipient in the 2019 National Headliner Awards for Best Podcast for 16 Shots. The judges had this to say about the podcast: “Well-crafted portrait of all aspects of the shooting of a man in Chicago by a police officer. The case skyrocketed to national attention when a video of the incident was released. Reporters dug deep into neighborhoods, families and police officer ranks to tell the story including in real-time when a verdict was reached.”
Additionally, WBEZ’s Dave McKinney, Tony Arnold and Al Keefe were first-place Headliner Award winners in the News Series category for the year-long investigation into the Quincy veterans’ home and Legionnaires’ disease. The judges noted that “WBEZ didn’t just mount an exhaustive effort to tell about the plight of patients exposed to Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks in a veterans’ home, it wrangled with a governor and his administration. The dogged reporting gave veterans’ families and the public some answers and left a governor unable to claim re-election.”
WBEZ has also received two Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, which recognize outstanding achievements in electronic journalism for radio, TV and digital news outlets and are presented to small and large radio, television and digital outlets based on 14 geographic regions.
The regional Murrow award-winning projects by WBEZ for 2019 include:
- Death in Illinois Prisons: He Didn’t Have a Death Sentence, but That’s What He Got, for WBEZ Reporter Shannon Heffernan, in the Excellence in Writing category.
- An American Suburb, 2018 for WBEZ Reporter Miles Bryan along with the Better Government Association (BGA) in the News Series category for the multi-part series about poverty in the suburbs through the lens of the once-prosperous suburb of Dolton.
WBEZ was recognized in the Region 7 (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio) Large Market Radio category and will advance to the National Murrow Award competition this June.
About WBEZ Chicago
WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR news station, serves the community with fact-based, objective news and information. WBEZ’s award-winning journalists ask tough questions, dig deep for answers and expose truths that spark change and foster understanding. WBEZ Chicago is home to two daily local programs, The Morning Shift and Worldview, and a growing portfolio of popular podcasts, including the “Making” series of Making Obama and Making Oprah; 16 Shots: A podcast about the fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald; Nerdette; and Sound Opinions. WBEZ Chicago has a legacy of innovation as the birthplace of nationally acclaimed programs such as This American Life, and Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me! and the ground-breaking podcast, Serial.
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