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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MINNEAPOLIS, June 13, 2014 – The Radio-Television-Digital News Association (RTDNA) has awarded national Edward R. Murrow Awards to The Takeaway and Studio 360® from PRI and WNYC, and a UNITY Award to PRI’s The World®.
The award for Network Radio Feature Reporting was given to PRI and WNYC’s Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen for its story “Can Trauma Be Healed with Design,” about the ways design can reclaim spaces that were the sites of tragedy, such as Columbine High School. Studio 360’s host, Kurt Andersen, said, "Eric Molinsky has been an indispensable part of the Studio 360 team for years, and his piece did what we aim to do on the show every week -- tell provocative, thoughtful stories about how design or art changes lives -- and hit it out of the park. Given its particulars, it was and will sadly remain a profoundly timely and important subject. We are honored that his story has been acknowledged with this award.”
The Murrow Award for Use of Sound/Video went to The Takeaway, a co-production of PRI and WNYC, for its story on a choral work based on the never-delivered speech President John F. Kennedy planned to give in Dallas. Said Rupert Allman, Executive Producer of The Takeaway, “This comes at what has been a very exciting time for the program. This specific award is a reminder that the best radio is about giving others the time and space to tell their stories.”
The 2014 RTDNA/UNITY Award in Network Radio was given to PRI’s The World, a co-production of PRI, WGBH/Boston and BBC World Service, for its Global Nation coverage, which details real-world stories of America’s foreign-born residents, and how America's uneven immigration laws affect their lives—and the fabric of our nation. Executive Producer Andrew Sussman commented, “There are so many global cross-currents in all our lives. Global Nation knocks down boundaries, and tells those stories. We’re grateful for the recognition.”
PRI’s Chief Content Officer, Melinda Ward, said, “We are honored to be recognized by the RTDNA for the work of our programs Studio 360, The Takeaway and PRI’s The World. PRI strives to offer context and unique perspectives on the news and issues of the day, and it is rewarding to see these efforts recognized by RTDNA and UNITY.”
The complete list of winners can be found on the RTDNA site: (http://rtdna.org/content/2014_national_edward_r_murrow_award_winners#.U5m2i3JdXTo).
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