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Join me in congratulating KUNC investigative reporter Michael de Yoanna. The Radio Television Digital News Association has recognized Michael’s work with a national Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting. Michael is being honored for his reporting of the refusal of a Denver landlord to rent a restaurant space to a family who is Muslim and of Bangladeshi descent.

This is the second national Murrow Award for Michael. His first was a 2011 KUNC collaboration with Grace Hood for Investigative Reporting, Sgt. Lynch’s War.  KUNC has also received two other national Murrow awards. In 2010 the station was honored for Audio Feature Reporting for Two Men, Two Women, and a Baby.  In 2012 the station was honored for Audio Investigative Reporting for K12Inc: Public On-line schools, Private Profits.

I am proud to note our commitment to a rigorous editorial process. There is a common thread through all of these awards and that is KUNC’s Managing Editor, Brian Larson. Through countless reports and features over the years, including all four national Murrow Awards, it has been Brian that has asked the tough questions, made the insightful suggestions, and worked as the behind the scenes teammate for a wide variety of national, regional, and statewide awards our reporters have received over nearly three decades.

Please join me in congratulating Michael, Brian, and everyone in our newsroom for the recognition from the Radio Television Digital News Association. And while you are it go ahead and pat yourself on the back. After all, it is your membership support of KUNC that makes all we do possible.

Warm Regards,

Neil Best 
President & CEO