KQED Honored for Excellence

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KQED Newsroom staff took home a 2017 Northern California Emmy in the Program/Special category for "Stand Up: San Quentin." Pictured (left to right): Aaron Drury, Lori Halloran, Monica Lam, Peter Borg, and Heather Blosser.

Awards for radio, TV, online productions, and work in education

KQED was honored in July with five Northern California Emmy Awards for excellence in television and online productions. The winners are Meet Brian Goggin, Gatekeeper of Your Impossible Dreams, which profiles the Bay Area artist as he prepares one of his more improbable public art pieces; Spark: Our Creative Nature, a special feature that highlights three art projects that draw attention to efforts to improve the quality of our land, water and air; Instead of Dividing, a Border Wall of Piñatas Brings Community Together, which explores artist Sita Bhaumik’s installation of hundreds of handmade brick-shaped piñatas to mimic the border wall between the United States and Mexico; KQED Newsroom’s “Stand Up San Quentin,” which gives viewers an inside look at a prison program for which inmates write and perform their own stories; and the digital series Deep Look’s “The Snail-Smashing, Fish-Spearing, Eye-Popping Mantis Shrimp,” a one-of-a-kind peek at the underwater predator in action.

Arts/Entertainment — Feature/Segment
Meet Brian Goggin, Gatekeeper of Your Impossible Dreams
Cynthia Stone, producer/editor

Arts/Entertainment —Program/Special
Spark: Our Creative Nature
Lori Halloran, senior producer; Sheraz Sadiq, Cynthia Stone, segment producers; Owen Bissell, Blake McHugh, photographers; Aaron Drury, photographer/editor; Peter Borg, online editor; Eric Limcaoco, Hugh Scott, audio engineers


Public/Current/Community Affairs — Feature/Segment
Instead of Dividing, a Border Wall of Piñatas Brings Community Together
Kelly Whalen, producer/photographer/director/editor

Public/Current/Community Affairs — Program/Special
KQED Newsroom “Stand Up San Quentin”
Holly Kernan, executive producer; Monica Lam, senior producer; Lori Halloran, segment producer; Sharon Song, line producer; Nicole Reinert, associate producer; Thuy Vu, host; Heather Blosser, studio director; Scott Stoneback, photographer; Aaron Drury, photographer/editor; Peter J. Borg, Shirley Gutierrez, editors; Hugh Scott, audio engineer

Deep Look “The Snail-Smashing, Fish- Spearing, Eye-Popping Mantis Shrimp”
Elliott Kennerson, producer; Craig Rosa, series producer; Amy Standen, host/writer; Joshua Cassidy, cinematographer; Teodros Hailye, animations; Beth Custer, original score; Gabriela V. Quirós, coordinating producer


The Radio Television Digital News Association  (RTDNA) recognizes the best electronic journalism produced by television and digital news organizations around the world. The RTDNA named KQED the proud recipient of six regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.

The KQED News and KQED Science teams received a Continuing Coverage award for their reporting on the California drought crisis.

Host Olivia Allen-Price and her fellow Bay Curious producers took home an Excellence in Innovation award for their work on the project, which relaunched as a podcast in late 2016.

KQED Science reporter Craig Miller received a pair of nods — an Excellence in Sound award for his reporting on underwater noise pollution and an Excellence in Writing award for his work on how heat-seeking drones can help prevent fire deaths.

Sasha Khokha, host of The California Report  weekly news magazine, won the Investigative Reporting award for “There’s a Cancer-Causing Chemical in My Drinking Water.” Sasha went on to win a national Murrow Award for her reporting.

Julie Small and Lisa Pickoff-White won in the News Series category for “Two Deaths in One Jail in One Month: How Are We Treating Mentally Ill Inmates?”

KQED’s John Sepulvado, morning host of The California Report,  was recognized with a Murrow Award for his coverage of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge occupation, for Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland.

KQED Pubic Radio
took home five honors in four separate categories as part of this year's Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) annual awards.  The awards are designed to honor the very best reporting in a wide variety of categories.  

Call-in Program - Division AA
1st place - The Politics of Capital Punishment"
2nd place - "In My Experience: Homeless in the Bay Area"

Continuing Coverage - Division AA
2nd place - "The SF Homeless Project"

News Feature - Division AA
2nd place - "Hundreds of Migrant Teens are Being Held Indefinitely in Locked Detention"

Arts Feature - Division AA
2nd place - "Turf Dancing and Ballet Struggle to Meet Halfway"

The National Association for Media Literacy (NAMLE) has awarded KQED a 2017 Media Literate Media (MLM) Award for advancing media literacy projects. The MLM awards recognize mainstream media organizations for making outstanding contributions in covering, encouraging and teaching media literacy. Launched in July 2016, KQED Teach, KQED’s major media literacy service, provides a series of free, self-paced online courses to help K–12 educators and students improve media literacy skills in a safe, fun, professional learning community.