Michigan Radio has been recognized with six regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in the Large Market Radio category. The station won awards in the Documentary, Investigative Reporting, Social Media, and Use of Sound categories. The Murrow Awards are presented by The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) to honor outstanding achievements in electronic journalism. These were Michigan Radio’s winning entries.
“Pushed Out: A documentary on housing in Grand Rapids,” the Best Documentary winner produced by Dustin Dwyer, explored the growing affordable housing crisis in Grand Rapids, Mich.
“Lead and copper rule,” part of Lindsey Smith’s ongoing series, investigating how the Flint water crisis has affected, or could affect, other water systems in Michigan - especially those with lead water service lines, was recognized in the Investigative Reporting category.
"Detroit 1967 in real-time," was recognized for Excellence in Social Media. This innovative endeavor documented the events of the 1967 Detroit uprising in real-time on Twitter, exactly 50 years after they took place on July 22, 1967.
The Excellence in Use of Sound award recognized “Artisans of Michigan: Making Marimbas,” produced by Lester Graham for Stateside, about a handmade marimba workshop in Plymouth, Mich., one of the few in the United States.
“How did this former CFL player and Detroit native end up in a Chinese jail?” by Bryce Huffman was the Best Sports Reporting winner. The story explored how a former Detroit high school football star and Canadian Football League player was facing trial in China for assault.
Lastly, the michiganradio.org website was recognized as Best News Website in the region.
Michigan Radio competes in Region 7 in the Large Market Radio category, which consists of public and commercial radio stations in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. Other public radio stations in Michigan winning regional Murrow Awards in the Small Market Radio category were Interlochen Public Radio and WCMU Public Radio. Regional winners automatically advance to the national Edward R. Murrow Awards competition, which will be judged in May.
The Radio Television Digital News Association is the world's largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. RTDNA has been honoring excellence in journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971, and the Murrow Awards are among the most respected journalism awards in the world.