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KUNC Wins Six Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards


The Radio Television Digital News Association has recognized the KUNC newsroom with a combined six regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in journalism.

The awards were given in region three in the U.S., which includes Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

For the second year in a row Grace Hood won in the Investigative category for a story examining on-line schools and the state funding they receive with K12 Inc.: Public Online Schools, Private Profits.

She also won in the Sports category for her report on how a new cycling event is expected to benefit the state economically: Pro Cycling Challenge Launches with Sport’s Economic Future at a Crossroads.

Kirk Siegler was recognized in the New Documentary category for his reporting on how conversationalists are mobilizing to save the Yampa River with Conservationists Mobilize to Protect River

He also received recognition in the Breaking News category on a story about how the state was responding to an equine herpes outbreak: Colorado Officials Scramble to Contain Equine Virus . Siegler also was honored in the best Use of Sound category: Obesity Epidemic Plagues Even the "Thinnest" State.

Overall the KUNC news department was singled out in the News Series category for a series of reports, Government and You, that put a face on last year’s budget crisis and the tough cuts facing state lawmakers.

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