Illinois Stations Take Home 25 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

The Radio Television Digital News Association announced its annual Regional Edward R. Murrow Award winners Thursday morning, and stations across Illinois took home several honors.

Illinois competes in Region 7, made up of radio and television stations in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan.  The awards are broken up in to “Large Market” and “Small Market.”

Broadcasters from across the state took home a total of 25 Regional Murrows, with two stations, WBBM-TV and WBBM Newsradio in Chicago, winning the top honor of Overall Excellence.

The Edward R. Murrow Awards recognize outstanding achievement in electronic journalism are among the most respected journalism honors in the world.

All 25 awards will now advance to the national competition.  Winners from that competition will be announced later this summer.

Here’s a breakdown of the awards won by stations in Illinois:

Large Market Television

Overall Excellence
WBBM-TV
WBBM, Chicago

Digital
WBBM
WBBM, Chicago

Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Beyond the Numbers: Chicago’s Deadly Disparities
WBBM, Chicago

Excellence in Innovation
Left in the Dark
WBBM, Chicago

Excellence in Writing
Edwards’ Writing Composite
WBBM, Chicago

Hard News
Eviction Protections Leaving Landlords Homeless
WBBM, Chicago

Investigative Reporting
My Name is Anjanette Young
WBBM, Chicago

Newscast
CBS 2 News at Six: My Names is Anjanette Young
WBBM, Chicago 


Large Market Radio

Overall Excellence
WBBM Newsradio
WBBM, Chicago

Digital
COVID-19 Coverage
WBEZ, Chicago

Excellence in Writing
How the Green Line, A Pink House and 12 Cents Changed How | See My City
WBEZ & City Bureau, Chicago

News Documentary
Starting College Behind
Chicago Public Media, Chicago

Newscast
WBBM Newscast
WBBM, Chicago

Podcast
Motive Season 3
WBEZ, Chicago


Small Market Television

Breaking News Coverage
Rockford protests the death of George Floyd, racial injustices
WREX, Rockford

Continuing Coverage
Belvidere Police accused of systematic abuse of power, excessive force
WREX, Rockford

Digital
Severe weather education saves lives
WREX, Rockford

Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Together We Rise: A WMBD/WYZZ Town Hall Special
WMBD/WYZZ, Peoria/Bloomington

Excellence in Video
Who killed Dalton Mesarchik?
Heart of Illinois ABC, East Peoria

Excellence in Writing
James Stratton Composite
WREX, Rockford

Hard News
Fear on 500 Webster Avenue
WREX, Rockford

Investigative Reporting
Belvidere Police accused of systematic abuse of power, excessive force
WREX, Rockford


Small Market Radio

Continuing Coverage
University of Illinois COVID-19 Testing
WILL/Illinois Public Media, Champaign-Urbana

Digital
Illinois Newsroom
WILL/Illinois Public Media, Champaign-Urbana

Hard News
No Wiggle Room
WILL/Illinois Public Media, Champaign-Urbana

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.

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.

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!

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jennifer Fuller

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

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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