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GLT Newsroom Awards

Murrow AwardGLT Wins TWO NATIONAL 2015 Edward R. Murrow Awards

For the first time in station history, WGLT is being honored with two national Edward R. Murrow awards for journalistic excellence in one year by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). GLT News won the coveted News Series award for the group of investigative reports, "Police and Race in the Twin Cities." That also took honors in the Investigative Reporting category. The series was honored earlier this year with two regional Murrow awards, and defeated contenders from 13 other regions to gain the national acclaim.

This marks an unprecedented three national awards for GLT News for work done last year, all centered around the "Police and Race" series. GLT remains a strong contender for a fourth national award to be handed out later this week at the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated annual conference in Salt Lake City. Listen to the award winning series "Police and Race in the Twin Cities."

 


 Kaleidoscope AwardGLT Wins 2015 National 'Kaleidoscope' Award for Diversity Reporting


GLT News is one of seven media outlets in the nation honored with the 2015 Kaleidoscope Award for reporting on cultural diversity in 2014.The award was developed with Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) together with UNITY: Journalists For Diversity as part of a shared commitment to developing news content and editorial staffs that reflect the changing face of America.

GLT is the national winner in the Small Market Radio division. (RTDNA considers stations to be in small markets if the metro area they serve is less than 1,014,900 in population.) The award highlights the GLT newsroom's "ongoing commitment to covering issues of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity:the cultural diversity of (its) community."

A major part of GLT's entry was the highly-acclaimed investigative series "Police and Race in the Twin Cities." Other stories include the life experiences of African Americans in McLean County, the transgender experience in Bloomington-Normal, the beginning of gay marriage in Illinois and the issues surrounding it, the Braceros migration of Mexican immigrants to central Illinois and local protests over the shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. Listen to GLT's entire entry and learn more about the Kaleidoscope Award.


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The Radio Television Digital News Association has recognized the WGLT News Department with its most prestigious regional Edward R. Murrow award for overall journalistic excellence. GLT News also won the coveted News Series award for the group of investigative reports, "Police and Race in the Twin Cities." That series also took honors in the Investigative Reporting category. Since 2005, WGLT has won twenty-nine regional and three national Edward R. Murrow Awards.

The Murrow award for Overall Excellence is considered by the RTDNA to be the top Murrow because it measures all aspects of news reporting over the entire year. The GLT News entry included coverage of breaking news stories about an affair between McLean County judges and the murder of an east-side Bloomington business woman, election coverage, arts and cultural features as well as diversity and race, among other coverage.

 GLT's "Police and Race in the Twin Cities" was also recently named Best Series or Documentary by Associated Press. 


GLT 2014 Associated Press Awards

APThe Illinois Associated Press has honored GLT for journalistic excellence with seven awards for work in the Local Radio category in 2014.

To date, GLT has received 67 Illinois AP journalism awards in the past eleven years, with a total of 91 awards in the last sixteen years.

 


The awards are as follows:


2014 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

murrowThe Radio Television Digital News Association has awarded the WGLT News Department with two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for broadcast excellence. Since 2005, WGLT has won 26 regional and 3 national Edward R. Murrow Awards. In April of 2014, the Illinois Associated Press announced WGLT had won four awards for broadcast excellence.

  • Daniel Hajek's report "Central Illinois Drive-ins Face Digital Future" about the fate of an iconic drive-in movie theater took the award for Best Feature. Since reporting for GLT, Hajek has taken a reporting position with NPR West in Los Angeles.
  • Judith Valente, the newest addition to the GLT news team, took a first place award for Writing with "Fugate Woods in Wintertime", an installment in her "Unknown Illinois" series.

GLT News is being honored in the region which includes small market stations in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. Each regional award also competes for national honors.


GLT 2013  Associated Press Awards

APThe Illinois Associated Press has honored GLT for journalistic excellence with four awards for work the Local Radio category in 2013.

To date, GLT has received 60 Illinois AP journalism awards in the past ten years, with a total of 84 awards in the last fifteen years. No other station in the Local Radio category has won more awards than GLT.

 

 The 2013 awards, announced in March of 2014, are as follows:


2013 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

 

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  • GLT's coverage of the school shooting at Normal Community High School on September 7, 2012 won in the Breaking News Category. Included in consideration for the award was an exclusive interview GLT aired that afternoon with one of the students who helped disarm the shooter. No one was hurt.
  • Daniel Hajek's report on Bloomington-Normal's introduction to food trucks took the award for Best Feature. His story "Two Blokes and a Bus" featured Twin City residents sampling the food and explored the tension felt by traditional restaurants
  • The GLT News team (Hajek, Charlie Schlenker, Jim Browne, Willis Kern and Laura Kennedy) won the Best News Series category for a second straight year with their look at the agriculture industry in "Farming: A Growing Concern."
  • Charlie Schlenker won in Best Sports for his story about a central Illinois speed skater

GLT News was honored in the region which includes small market stations in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. Each regional award competes for national honors.


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