Seattle-Tacoma, WA, station 88.5 KNKX has won three first-place Northwest Excellence in Journalism Awards, presented by the Society of Professional Journalists Western Washington, and which honor work published or broadcast across Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska in 2018.
– Sports Audio Reporting: “These Women Hit 50. Then They Took Up Basketball” is about the Port Townsend Drizzle basketball team, winners of three gold medals in the over-50 women’s division at the Washington State Senior Games.
– Feature Audio Reporting: “Unraveling the Mystery of Why So Many African-Americans End Up Homeless” is a story by KNKX’s South Sound reporter Will James that delved into the results of a national research study pointing to possible explanations for why there are a disproportionate number of homeless African Americans.
– Investigative Audio Reporting: “Why Are Top School Officials from Washington Getting Paid to Meet with Tech Companies?” looks at how education technology has become a big business through a local lens.
“These stories represent a broad mix of topics that KNKX reporters tackle, including homeless trends, educational funding, and efforts to push cultural boundaries — in this case, opening up team sports to older women,” said KNKX News Director Erin Hennessey. “It’s gratifying to have these in-depth stories recognized by our peers.”