Vermont Public Radio has been honored with four regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, including recognitions for Continuing Coverage, Audio Documentary, Hard News, and Website, from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA).
“As a public broadcaster, we are accountable to the community we serve,” said VPR News Director John Dillon. “We are honored to receive these awards because they go to the heart of VPR’s mission to provide an essential and trusted independent voice for news and information in our region.”
The winning coverage includes:
Continuing Coverage of the problems with Vermont Health Connect
Audio Documentary, for State of Mind, a documentary by Jane Lindholm on Vermont’s mental health care system.
Hard News, for the story “EPA called in to deal with Rutland pesticide contamination”
Website, for VPR.net’s overall news content.
In all, 14 awards were made in the small market radio category for the region, which includes all of the New England states. Regional winners automatically advance to the national Edward R. Murrow Awards competition, which will be judged in May.
The RTDNA is the world's largest professional organization exclusively serving the electronic news profession, consisting of more than 3,000 news directors, news associates, educators and students. Founded as a grassroots organization in 1946, the association is dedicated to setting standards for newsgathering and reporting. Although news techniques and technologies are constantly changing, RTDNA's commitment to encouraging excellence in the electronic journalism industry remains the same.
A full list of award winners, along with links to the winning pieces, can be found here.