KQED Receives Two National Edward R. Murrow Awards

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Artist Sasha Kelley, profiled in "The Hustle," pictured with her daughter Ameenah, 3. (Graham Holoch)


The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) recently announced that KQED is the recipient of two National 2019 Edward R. Murrow Awards in Multimedia and Social Media. The Edward R. Murrow awards recognize the best electronic journalism produced by radio, television and digital news organizations around the world.

KQED News reporter Alex Emslie’s coverage on the legal developments in the 2015 Mario Woods shooting case was honored in this year’s Multimedia category. The report included an interactive timeline as well as a video breaking down the footage of the shooting, providing new details into the case. The piece was edited by KQED’s Ted Goldberg and Dan Brekke, and the video editing was done by Adam Grossberg.

KQED Arts received an award for excellence in Social Media for their six-month campaign supporting the series, “The Hustle”, which looked at how Bay Area artists support themselves despite the rising living costs in the region. KQED Arts Engagement Producer Lina Blanco led the social campaign focused on the reporting done by Visual Arts Editor Sarah Hotchkiss and Senior Editor Gabe Meline. Additional reporting on individual artists was conducted by Chloe Veltman and Nastia Voynovskaya. Community engagement for this project was led by Siouxsie Oki, and photography was by Graham Holoch.

“We are honored to receive two awards from an institution that upholds such a high standard for journalism,” says Chief Content Officer Holly Kernan. “These awards reflect our commitment to finding the truth and exploring new ways to bring context and perspective into our reporting. I’m so proud of our journalists for the level of dedication, diligence and creativity that they put into each story.”


The national winners will be officially honored at the Edward R. Murrow Gala in New York on October 19. A complete list of the 2019 National and Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards winners can be found at rtdna.org.

About KQED
KQED serves the people of Northern California with a public-supported alternative to commercial media. An NPR and PBS affiliate based in San Francisco, KQED is home to one of the most listened-to public radio stations in the nation, one of the highest-rated public television services and an award-winning education program helping students and educators thrive in 21st century classrooms. A trusted news source and leader and innovator in interactive technology, KQED takes people of all ages on journeys of exploration — exposing them to new people, places and ideas. kqed.org