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KUER News Wins Utah SPJ, PMJA Awards

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PMJA 2020 Awards

KUER News took home three awards at the Public Media Journalist Association's (PMJA) 2020 Virtual Awards Gala on June 25, 2020, including two first place wins. PMJA (formerly known as PRNDI) recognizes the best work in public media journalism from across the country in their annual awards ceremony, and KUER competes against similarly sized stations. Filmmaker Kelsie Moore and RadioWest Films took home a first place award in Multi-Media Presentation for their short film and visual web story The Gray Area. Reporter David Fuchs of KUER's Southwest News Bureau took home a first place win for Continuing Coverage with his reporting on frac sand mines in Kane County. Former KUER intern Jenny Goldsberry took home a second place award in the Feature category for her story, "Scary For Some, Home For Others: Kids Find Haven As Actors At Local Haunted House." View all of the PMJA 2020 award winners.

Full list of KUER's awards from PMJA:

First Place | Continuing Coverage (Division A, News Staff of 8 to 15)
The Burden Of Proof: Kane County Residents Worry Proposed Frac Sand Mine May Jeopardize Aquifer — David Fuchs

First Place | Multi-Media Presentation (Division A, News Staff of 8 to 15)
The Gray Area — RadioWest Films

Second Place | Feature (Division D, Students)
Scary For Some, Home For Others: Kids Find Haven As Actors At Local Haunted House — Jenny Goldsberry

Utah SPJ 2020 Awards

KUER News also took home 18 awards from the Utah Society of Professional Journalists on July 1, 2020. The win include six first-place awards for KUER's coverage of business, government, criminal justice, military, minority issues and best use of online multimedia. Judges ranked the work of local radio journalists across 17 categories. View all of the Utah SPJ 2020 award winners.

Full list of KUER's awards from Utah SPJ:

First place | Radio: Criminal Justice
Jon Krakauer Reflects On Death Of Convicted Killer Ron Lafferty — Caroline Ballard

First Place | Radio: Minority Issues
Social Justice As Ministry: A Conversation With Brittany PacknettRadioWest

First Place | Radio: Government Reporting
Special Election In San Juan County Leads To Questions, Confusion — Kate Groetzinger

First Place | Radio: Military
Veterans Day On The Navajo Nation: Healing Through Ceremony — Kate Groetzinger

First Place | Online: Best multimedia
The Gray Area — RadioWest Films

First Place | Radio: Business/Consumer
Need For Speed: Amazon Warehouse Production Quotas Take Toll On Salt Lake City Workers — Sonja Hutson

Second Place | Radio: General News
Murders In Mexico: How A Diverse Religious Community With Utah Ties Ended Up In La Mora — Caroline Ballard

Second Place | Radio: Best Radio Newscast
KUER December 16, 2019 Newscast — Caroline Ballard

Second Place | Radio: Continuing Coverage
Fractured: How A Proposed Sand Mine Exposed The Fault Lines In A Southern Utah Town — David Fuchs

Second Place | Radio: Personality Profile
'What's A Heaven For?': 50 Years After Apollo 11, Utah Man Shares How He Helped Make It Happen — Elaine Clark

Second Place | Radio: Spot News
Utah Now Has Full Medicaid Expansion, With Restrictions — Jon Reed

Third Place | Design and Graphics: Headline Writing
When Radio Goes To Print: Headlines From — Chelsea Naughton

Third Place | Radio: Education
A Problem Just Out Of Sight: Homeless Students in Southwest Utah — David Fuchs

Third Place | Radio: Personality Profile
Tan France On 'Queer Eye,' Fashion And HomeRadioWest

Third Place | Radio: General Feature
Ted Gioia's Subversive Musical HistoryRadioWest

Third Place | Radio: Best Use of Sound
Young Brains And FootballRadioWest

Third Place | Radio: Government Reporting
Federal Changes To Food Stamp Program Will Hit Utah's Poorest County The Hardest — Jon Reed

Honorable Mention | Online: Best Multimedia
The Lesser-Told Stories Of The Golden Spike: 150 Years Later — Daysha Eaton, Judy Fahys, Rocio Hernandez, Nicole Nixon, Chelsea Naughton, Renee Bright

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