Tuesday night, the Atlanta Press Club held its annual awards banquet, recognizing excellence in journalism. WABE 90.1 reporters took home three awards. Molly Samuel won for Best Radio Reporting, Lisa Hagen and Elly Yu won for Best Use of Sound, and Elly Yu won the Rising Star award.
Wednesday morning, the Radio Television Digital News Association announced the winners of the 2016 Edward R. Murrow regional awards. WABE won the Investigative Reporting award for Jim Burress’ thorough, impactful coverage of how HIV prevention dollars were mismanaged in Fulton County. More than 4,300 entries were submitted to the Murrow Awards competition.
These awards highlight WABE’s commitment to tell meaningful local stories with the depth and inventive use of sound that public radio is known for. You can find the winning stories below.
- The EPA's Coal Ash Rule May Not Prevent More Spills – Molly Samuel – Best Radio Reporting, Atlanta Press Club
- Confederate Flag Supporters: It's About Heritage, Not Hate – Lisa Hagen & Elly Yu – Best Use of Sound, Atlanta Press Club
- For her body of work reporting on issues like immigration, state executions and the Georgia Supreme Court – Elly Yu – Rising Star, Atlanta Press Club
- Fulton County Doesn’t Spend, Loses HIV Prevention Money – Jim Burress – Investigative Reporting, Large Market Radio, Edward R. Murrow Regional Awards
WABE received a total of five other Atlanta Press Club nominations, including all three slots in the Radio Reporting category. The impressive volume of nominees and winners highlights the impactful high quality reporting that continually flows out of the WABE newsroom. You can find the additional nominated stories below.
- Sandy Springs Sparks New City-Making Trend – Candace Wheeler
- DeKalb Residents Ready to Fight For New Cities – Elly Yu
- DeKalb County Corruption Leads to New, Majority White Cities – Candace Wheeler
- Banning Guns Too Costly for Some Georgia Cities – Johnny Kauffman
- Tornado Uncovers Disturbing, Nearly Century-Old Ad on Auburn Avenue – Stephannie Stokes
- The True Story Behind Atlanta Twirler ‘Baton Bob’ – Tasnim Shamma
- Michell Eloy’s body of work earned her a nomination in the Rising Star category.