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KPLU News wins four Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

KPLU News has garnered four 2011 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA)for excellence in electronic journalism, competing against other large market radio stations in Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Oregon.

Regional winners automatically become eligible for the national awards competition, which will be judged in June. The national Edward R. Murrow Awards will be presented in October at the RTDNA Awards Dinner in New York.

KPLU’s 2011 regional RTDNA award recipients:


Liam Moriarty

Audio Feature Reporting

“Portraits of the Fallen” (for KPLU’s Artscape)


Keith Seinfeld

Audio News Documentary

“Barefoot Running, the Scientific Merits”


Keith Seinfeld

Audio Reporting: Hard News

”Surgical Checklists Make Operations Safer in Washington”


Charla Bear

Use of Sound

“Sculptors Carve Art, Careers Out of Sand” (for KPLU’s Artscape)

"Winning this many Murrow awards in one year is extraordinary,” says KPLU News Director Erin Hennessey. “It's gratifying to have these in-depth and sound-rich stories acknowledged for their high quality production and story telling. The reporters work hard to create meaningful reports that engage the mind and heart. The range of stories that won this year really exemplifies this."

RTDNA is the world’s largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. RTNDA represents local and network news professionals in broadcasting, cable and other digital media in more than 30 countries.

RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Murrow's pursuit of excellence in journalism embodies the spirit of the awards that carry his name. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession.