KQED Takes Home Five Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

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Drag theater artist Taylor Mac performs 'Amazing Grace' as part of the epic cabaret show, 'A 24-Decade History of Popular Music. The song is the subject of ‘The Enduring Power of 'Amazing Grace' and What It Says About American Unity’.  ((Courtesy Sarah Walker))

KQED is the proud recipient of five 2022 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). The awards recognize the best journalism produced by radio, television and digital news organizations around the world.

KQED’s weekly television news magazine KQED Newsroom won in the TV News Documentary category for California’s Plastic Problem, an in-depth special by reporter Monica Lam about what the proliferation of plastic means for the environment and what California is doing to fight it. The production team includes Katherine Shok, Dina Maria Munsch, Crystal Consaul, Jefferey Edalatpour, Henry Rubin, Steve Thomas, Eric Limcaoco, Blake McHugh, Rick Santangelo, Jim McKee, Scott Stoneback, Peter Borg and Meredith Speight, and host Priya David Clemens.

KQED Reporter Chloe Veltman’s piece, The Enduring Power of ‘Amazing Grace’ and What it says about American Unity, won in the Excellence in Sound category. The story goes into the significance that the song “Amazing Grace” holds in American culture and how it has become a source of strength and solace for many in times of struggle and hardship. Support for this news initiative included editing and production by The California Report Magazine team, which includes Victoria Mauleon, Suzie Racho, Amanda Font, Sasha Khokha and Brendan Willard.

KQED Reporter Alex Hall’s gripping account of COVID’s impact on agriculture workers and families in the Central Valley was awarded a Murrow Award in the News Documentary category. The production team who put this piece together includes Sasha Khokha, Alex Emslie, Dan Brekke, Beth LaBerge, as well as the The California Report Magazine team, Victoria Mauleon, Suzie Racho, Amanda Font, Lisa Morehouse, and Brendan Willard.

The statewide public radio collaboration, California Newsroom, won Murrow Awards that featured contributions by KQED in the Continued Coverage category for “Bankrupt” and the Investigative Reporting category for “Dangerous Air: As California Burns, America Breathes Toxic.” These pieces reported on the bankruptcy behind Northern California’s biggest electric company (and the one to blame for faulty equipment that led to a massive wildfire), and a deep look into the health implications of toxic air from the wildfires.


All the regional Edward R. Murrow winners are now eligible for the national awards. A complete list of the 2022 regional 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. www.kqed.org