KRCC Wins Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

Apr 23, 2015

It's a big day for the KRCC Newsroom and the chaps that sculpt Wish We Were Here.

KRCC learned today that we received two Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for work produced by KRCC News Director Andrea Chalfin and Noel Black and Jake Brownell, producers of KRCC's program Wish We Were Here.  

From the Radio Television Digital New Association:  "The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Murrow’s pursuit of excellence in journalism embodies the spirit of the awards that carry his name. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the electronic news profession." 

KRCC is part of Region 3 and competes against other media in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and, of course, Colorado. 

This is wonderful confirmation of the thoughtful, high-quality news and documentary work KRCC has been doing. -Jane Turnis, VP Communications, Colorado College

KRCC's Newsroom won for the its continuing series on the Southwest Chief, called Railroad West.  The pieces were produced by KRCC News Director Andrea Chalfin along with Colorado College student interns Maggie Spencer and Martha Perez-Sanz, as wells as freelancer Shanna Lewis and Capitol Reporter Bente Birkeland.

Submitted stories from this series are the following:

Railroad West: Southwest Chief Faces Possible Colorado Derailment
Railroad West: Colorado Lawmakers Weigh in on the Southwest Chief
Railroad West: La Junta as ‘The Junction’
Southwest Chief Advocates Seek Federal Grant
Railroad West: Threat of Losing the Chief Could Mean the Return of Passenger Rail to Pueblo
A Funding Quandary: Who Should Pay to Save the Southwest Chief?
Southwest Chief Application Receives TIGER Grant 

 The lads that produce The Big Something Radio Programme and, more recently, a program called Wish We Were Here took a Murrow for Best News Documentary for Episode Three of Wish We Were Here "The Beginning of the End of Homelessness?"  The show tells us about an experimental new program trying to help chronically homeless people rebuild their lives.  In their words: "In this episode, we tell the story of an innovative new program for the chronically homeless in Colorado, based at a former prison in the rural, southeastern town of Las Animas. The program offers residents two years of free, no-strings- attached housing, food, addiction counseling, vocational training, and educational opportunities, with the hope of providing long-term recovery to homeless individuals from around the state struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. After a little over a year in operation, it’s already showing remarkable results. Through interviews with residents, staff members, advocates for the homeless, and politicians, we ask what the early success of the experimental approach pioneered at this facility can teach us about how our society understands and treats its most vulnerable citizens."  

See the full list of winners.