Seattle’s KPLU reporters have garnered four 2016 Edward R. Murrow Awards from the RTNDA. KPLU is in the Large Market Category, Region 1, which includes Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Oregon. In the Audio Feature Reporting category, KPLU All Things Considered host and reporter Ed Ronco won for 35 Years After Massive Maritime Rescue, Survivors and Responders Reunite, about the 1980 sinking of the M/S Prinsedam cruise ship in the Gulf of Alaska and a reunion of its survivors.
KPLU’s former Youth and Education reporter, Kyle Stokes won in the Audio News Documentary category for ‘Renaissance Beach’: A KPLU News Special on One Southeast Seattle School’s Turnaround, an original one-hour documentary about Seattle’s Rainier Beach High School.
Stokes and KPLU Business and Labor reporter Ashley Gross won in the Audio News Series category for Where’s the Dough: On the Hunt for Washington’s Missing Tax Dollars, taking a closer look at Washington State’s tax system.
A story produced by KPLU Health and Science reporter Gabriel Spitzer for the station’s weekly news and culture magazine, Sound Effect won in the Writing category. Making Eyes: An Unusual Family Business That Began with a Tragedy profiles a Northwest company—one of just four licensed ocularist practices in Washington State—that makes eyes for people who have lost or damaged their own eyes because of accidents, cancer or birth defects. Each eye is hand-painted using the live eye as a model, when possible.
“I am so proud of KPLU’s news team and the in-depth reporting they’re producing,” says KPLU News Director Erin Hennessey. “Our award-winning reporters have been recognized by RTDNA this year for their work in education, economics, and science, including stories about people who, when faced with a crisis, put others first and helped make a terrible situation better through their courage and kindness. We are inspired every day to tell stories from the Pacific Northwest and we hope to keep reporting about this place we call home for years to come.”