A Look Back at WGCU’s Award-Winning Reporting of 2017

For Southwest Florida, 2017 was a year dramatically punctuated by the September arrival of Hurricane Irma.

It was an extreme storm, which dominated the news in the weeks leading up to and the months that followed landfall. And, WGCU’s coverage of that storm garnered a number of awards.

But, the storm wasn’t the only thing that made news last year. Protests over confederate monuments, immigration bans from the Trump administration, toxic waste being dumped in local neighborhoods — all of these stories — and more were reported on by WGCU, and together, the news team brought home nine Associated Press awards and five Edward R. Murrow awards, including the Florida Associated Press’ Radio Station of the Year.

In light of that, Gulf Coast Live is spending the hour taking a look back at the award winners:

Regional Edward R. Murrow in Hard News and Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Award for General Assignment


Author: Anna Bejerano

Anna Bejerano is the Digital Media Manager for WGCU Public Media. She is a freelance writer, artist, graphic & web designer. She graduated from Florida International University in 2014 and started her own design company. She began interning for WGCU in 2015 and has worked on the WGCU website, mobile app, and analytics ever since. Anna went on to receive her MFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University, present at various conferences including PBS TechCon, and spearheaded several website and mobile app redesign campaigns. She was promoted to a full-time position in 2018. She continues working closely with various departments to gather data, generate reports, create digital-first content and implement digital strategy for the station. You will occasionally hear her voice on air (especially during pledge).