Illinois Broadcasters Take Home 14 Regional Murrow Awards

In one of the industry’s biggest awards competitions, broadcasters from across Illinois took home an impressive 14 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.

In one of the industry’s biggest awards competitions, broadcasters from across Illinois took home an impressive 14 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.

A record 4,600 entries were submitted for consideration this year from radio and television broadcasters from across the nation and Canada.  Of those submissions, a total of 723 Regional Murrow Awards were awarded Tuesday by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA).

Among those winners, were broadcasters from across the state of Illinois, as stations, both small and large, took home numerous honors.  Illinois stations compete in Region 7, which includes stations from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan.

Winners from these categories will advance to the national competition, which will be announced sometime in June.

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Here’s a rundown of awards won by radio and television broadcasters from here in Illinois.  There were also a number of other broadcasters from different states who serve viewers in Illinois who took home awards.  The below list is just of the broadcasters stationed in the state.

Large Market Radio

Overall Excellence
WBBM-AM/FM
Chicago, IL

Breaking News Coverage
“No Mercy”
WBBM-AM/FM
Chicago, IL

Excellence in Writing
“Death in Illinois Prisons: He Didn’t Have a Death Sentence, but That’s What He Got”
WBEZ-FM
Chicago, IL

News Series
“An American Suburb, 2018”
WBEZ-FM and the Better Government Association
Chicago, IL

Newscast
“4 p.m. Newscast, Oct. 5, 2018”
WBBM-AM/FM
Chicago, IL

Small Market Radio

Excellence in Sound
“The Blind Swine”
Tri States Public Radio
Macomb, IL

Large Market Television

Excellence in Writing
“Edwards’ Writing Composite”
WBBM-TV
Chicago, IL

Investigative Reporting
“You, Too: The Public Cost of Sexual Harassment”
WMAQ-TV, WSNS-TV and the Better Government Association
Chicago, IL

Multimedia
“Survivors Project”
WMAQ-TV
Chicago, IL

Small Market Television

Overall Excellence
WREX-TV
Rockford, IL

Breaking News Coverage
“Officer Shoots and Kills Suspect”
WGEM-TV
Quincy, IL

Continuing Coverage
“Out of the Darkness: Shining a Light on Domestic Violence”
WREX-TV
Rockford, IL

Excellence in Social Media
“Normal West JV basketball team survives major bus crash”
Heart of Illinois ABC
East Peoria, IL

News Series
“Out of the Darkness: Shining a Light on Domestic Violence”
WREX-TV
Rockford, IL

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!

Andrew Tanielian

INBA taught me how to network in a meaningful way. The scholarship process taught me how to endure a hard job interview and thrive.

Bob Roberts

INBA is as much about friendship and as it is about achieving common goals. It provides two things individual newsrooms cannot: in-service training, and the ability to speak out on issues affecting the profession. But most of all, it brings newspeople together.

Mike Miletich

Joining the INBA was one of my best life decisions. I met some of the best broadcast journalists while I was still a college student. Plus, I ended up getting a job through the connections I made!

Alexis McAdams

INBA played a huge part in preparing me for my broadcasting career. The INBA conventions connect students with on-air talent and news directors who give feedback on now to improve your work. Through relationships I made at those conventions, I was able to obtain my first on air reporting job.

Jeff Bossert

When I was working in radio for the first time, I had no idea whether I could truly handle the demands. But INBA made me curious and want to improve. Even now, when I’ve maybe worked a lot of hours or planned some stories that didn’t come together for one reason or another, what I learn from an INBA conference gets me re-invigorated about the business.

Ryan Denham

“I recently attended my first INBA conference—and it won’t be my last. The combination of professional and student journalists learning together is electric. Everyone learns from each other and walks away with new friends (and LinkedIn connections). I know I did.”

Aaron Eades

As a student, it's often difficult to picture what working in the real world will be like. For me, the INBA bridged that gap by giving me the chance to talk to professionals who used to be in the same shoes I'm in now.

Jennifer Fuller

INBA is not only a great networking tool, it also provides advocacy and support for journalists in an ever-changing world.

Nora Baldner

The support INBA gives to student journalists is vitally important as we all discover how technology is changing news dissemination, INBA monitors and actively encourages truth, transparency and accountability from students and their universities.

Michelle Eccles McLaughlin

INBA is an organization that really caters to continuing education for professionals. It offers a relatively inexpensive way to learn new things, reinforce best practices and network.

Molly Jirasek

One of my top goals in my career was to get to Chicago. Thanks to INBA I met Margaret Larkin. She remembered our great conversations about Chicago and first alerted me to a job opening in the city I might be interested in. Lo and behold, I got that job! INBA helped me reach my dream.

Brian O'Keefe

One of the greatest benefits for me has been getting to see and know other parts of the state. I’m not from Illinois and traveling to spring and fall conventions over the years has transformed dots on a map to memories of places that enhance my story telling process.

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