WUNC Takes Home Five Murrow Awards

Apr 25, 2017

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has awarded WUNC five Edward R. Murrow Awards, including the regional award in overall excellence.

The Murrow Awards honor outstanding achievement in electronic journalism.

WUNC's competition region includes stations across North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, and West Virginia. This is the seventh year in a row WUNC has received regional awards.

The 2017 regional Murrow awards were given to WUNC in:

Overall Excellence

For depth and scope of stories, consistency, quality of features, and online presence, WUNC won a Murrow award in regional overall excellence.

Continuing Coverage

HB2 Coverage

Credit The LEAF Project / Flickr/ Creative Commons

Beginning in March 2016, WUNC covered the contentious "bathroom bill". WUNC reported more than 100 stories around HB2's impact on North Carolina, culminating in a one-hour documentary, "A State Divided: HB2 and Transgender Rights."

News Series

Leoneda Inge & Dave DeWitt, Perils & Promise: Educating North Carolina's Rural Students

Credit Leoneda Inge

Rural counties across the state are not experiencing the economic recovery underway in the Triangle, Triad or in the Charlotte Mecklenburg region. The unemployment rate is higher, the poverty rate is higher and the high school drop-out rate is higher. Race and Southern cultures reporter Leoneda Inge spent several months exploring these issues with students, teachers and administrators at Vance County Schools.

Sports Reporting

Jeff Tiberii, Carolina Loses to Villanova in NCAA Final

Credit Eric Gay / AP Photo

UNC basketball coach Roy Williams called the 2016 team his favorite team, and Carolina fans agreed.

The buzzer-beating loss of the National Championship crushed spirits in Chapel Hill.

Villanova defeated the Tar Heels by 77-74.

Website

wunc.org  

A screen grab of the WUNC home page.

From news-breaking coverage to on-demand podcasts and community profiles, WUNC's website offers a collection of captivating stories.

This year's award highlighted ongoing web coverage of HB2, Hurricane Matthew and the 2016 election.

The regional winners advance to compete in the national Murrow Awards in May. You can see a full list of regional winners here