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GLT Newsroom Awards

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



  • 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.

GLT 2012 Associated Press Awards


  • Best Use of Sound, First Place – Charlie Schlenker’s report, “Veterans Postcard” aired on Veterans Day last year and contained a montage of central Illinois WWII veterans woven against an appropriate musical backdrop.
  • Best Newswriter, Second Place - Judges gauge the clarity and quality of broadcast writing. Charlie Schlenker’s streak of being honored in this category now stretches to a second decade.
  • Outstanding News Operation, Second Place – An assessment of the overall body of work of the news department, including in-depth and feature reporting, spot news coverage, and interviews. Also included are regularly-scheduled program segments Dean of Green ®, Uncommon Knowledge and other aspects of GLT’s programming.
  • Best Series/Documentary, Second Place – In “Since 9/11”, GLT’s News Department looked at how central Illinois has reacted over ten years to the terrorist attacks of 2001. Examined were the areas of arts, emergency response, politics and religion.
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