KVPR wins national award for radio journalism; first in its 44-year history

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published on August 15, 2022 – 12:49
Written by the staff of The Business Journal

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) presented KVPR with a national Edward R. Murrow Award, one of broadcast journalism’s highest honors. This is the first National Murrow Award in the station’s 44-year history.

The price was for a 2021 KVPR report by Soreath Hok who investigated the discrepancy between official school attendance records and actual student engagement when teaching remotely during the pandemic. The award came in the category of investigative reporting in the small markets radio division. The report was produced by KVPR in conjunction with NPR’s California newsroom.

“This story was one of the most challenging and rewarding pieces I’ve ever worked on. I’m proud that this story went beyond the data to tell a moving tale about real people and the challenges faced during the pandemic,” Hok said in a statement. “It is truly a career highlight and an incredible honor to be recognized with this award. I am so grateful and honored to be part of KVPR’s amazing news team.

KVPR Chairman and Managing Director Joe Moore added, “We are extremely proud of Soreath Hok’s reporting on this extremely important subject. This investigation has helped to highlight the shortcomings of distance education in local schools during the pandemic, and how it has ultimately harmed students. The National Murrow Awards are a great honor for the station and our newsroom.

According to the RTDNA, there were over 5,200 entries this year. In May, RTDNA recognized the winners of the regional Murrow awards, which automatically moved on to the national competition. KVPR won three regional Murrow Awards this year for Excellence in Writing, Hard News and Hok’s Article for Investigative Reporting. In addition, this is the fourth consecutive year that KVPR has won regional honors from Murrow.

“The Edward R. Murrow Awards are among the most prestigious in journalism,” RTDNA President and CEO Dan Shelley said in a press release. “More than 750 regional winners from Murrow have qualified for the national competition, and over the past few months a panel of journalists have meticulously reviewed and deliberated on each entry. That’s why I’m safe to say that the winners represent the best of the best. So let me be the first to congratulate our new recipients of the Edward R. Murrow National Award.

To read the reportas well as many other award-winning stories, visit KVPR.org. KVPR broadcasts daily local newscasts on 89.3 FM in the Fresno area and 89.1 FM in the Bakersfield area.

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