Marfa Public Radio wins 8 prestigious Murrow Awards

Marfa Public Radio has been awarded eight Regional [Edward R.] Murrow Awards for 2015.

The Marfa Public Radio network — with radio stations KRTS in the Big Bend region and KXWT in the Permian Basin — is the most-awarded radio outlet in the nation this year.

 The Edward R. Murrow Awards are like the “Oscars” of the broadcast business. The Murrow Awards take into account all radio and television stations – commercial and noncommercial. 

There are 13 national regions, and 1 international category. Marfa Public Radio was judged in Region 6 among other small-market stations. There were more than 4,200 submissions – an all-time record for the Murrow Awards.

 With these Regional Murrow Awards, Marfa Public Radio advances into national consideration, the results of which will be announced in June. 

 The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. It’s named after Edward R. Murrow, a pioneer of broadcast news on CBS radio and television, during World War II and beyond. Murrow’s pursuit of excellence in journalism embodies the spirit of the awards that carry his name.

 “When newsrooms do outstanding work to inform their audience and serve their community, it should be celebrated,” said RTDNA Chair Amy Tardif. “Being recognized with one of journalism’s most prestigious awards is one way to showcase their commitment to excellence.”

 “It’s a pleasure and a privilege to serve this community,” said Tom Michael, General Manager and News Director of Marfa Public Radio.

For more information, contact Marfa Public Radio, 432-729-4578 or [email protected]

The list of awards follows.
1. Audio Feature Reporting: Lorne Matalon
U.S. Ivory Ban Spawns Dilemma For Music Industry
2. Audio Investigative Reporting: Lorne Matalon
Drug Smuggling Twist: Innocent Mexicans Allegedly Duped By Mennonite Suspect 
3. Audio News Series: Travis Bubenik, Lorne Matalon, Tom Michael
Texas Solar Challenge: Renewable Energy Gains Ground in the Lone Star State 
4. Audio Reporting Hard News: Lorne Matalon
5. Audio Sports Reporting: Tom Michael; Energy Boom Helps Launch UTPB’s Football Program
6. Audio Breaking News Coverage: Lorne Matalon
7. Website
Marfa Public Radio
8. Overall Excellence
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