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KUNC Wins Two Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards


The Radio Television Digital News Association has recognized the KUNC newsroom with two 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.

Arts and culture reporter Stacy Nick won in the Feature Reporting category for her story, "The Iceman Comes To Nederland: Meet The Frozen Dead Guy's Caretaker." She was also recognized recently by the Associated Press Television And Radio Association with a second-place award for the same story.

KUNC also won a regional Murrow Award in the News Series category for its Growing Pains series focusing on Steamboat Springs.

The RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in journalism with the Murrow Awards since 1971. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession. Regional winners are automatically eligible for the national awards competition, which will be judged in early June.

Revisit the stories below.

Winner, Feature Reporting
The Iceman Comes To Nederland: Meet The Frozen Dead Guy's Caretaker by Stacy Nick

Brad Wickham
Credit Jackie Hai / KUNC
Brad Wickham prepares to unload dry ice from his truck in Nederland.

For Brad Wickham, Frozen Dead Guy Days is a year-round event.

The three-day annual festival in Nederland features coffin races, ice carvings and a polar plunge to celebrate the frozen corpse of Bredo Morstoel, better known around town as Grandpa Bredo.

As Morstoel's caretaker, Wickham has driven up to see him every two weeks for the past five years, to add more dry ice and make sure he's still a comfortable minus 110 degrees Celsius.

"I have to admit every now and then on my way up here with a load of ice I'll be thinking to myself, you know, I am the only guy in the world right now driving up the Rocky Mountains with a half a ton of dry ice to put on a frozen Norwegian," he said.

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Winner, News Series
Growing Pains: Steamboat Springs

Credit Jackie Hai / KUNC

Colorado is growing, and that’s leading to all kinds of tension across our state. As part of our ongoing “Growing Pains” series, KUNC's newsroom explored how Steamboat Springs is meeting the challenge.

We explored how a trail proposal has exposed deep divides within the city’s recreational community, examined how the sales-tax only revenue model is causing problems with local services, looked at what the city is doing to address the lack of affordable housing, and heard differing opinions on how best to preserve history amid continued growth.

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Stories written by KUNC newsroom staff.
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