WGCU reporters earned 15 regional and national awards in 2019-2020
Four Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards:
• Excellence in Innovation: Andrea Perdomo, for “News in Español.”
• Best Use of Sound: Andrea Perdomo, “Monitoring Poached Turtles Returned to the Wild.”
• Hard News: Andrea Perdomo, “Chinese Tariffs Dip into the Pocket of SWFL Nonprofit.”
• Sports, Victoria Alverez, “SWFL Paralympic Fencer Trains for 2020 Toyko Paralympic Games.”
Eight first-place and two finalist awards from the Florida Association of Broadcasters:
• General Assignment/Long Form: Andrea Perdomo, “Monitoring Poached Turtles” (see above).
• Use of Sound: Bruno Halpern and Julie Glenn, “SWFL Woman Rids Town of Toads.”
• Feature Cultural: Andrea Perdomo, for “Port Charlotte Muslims Celebrate the End of Ramadan.”
• Environmental Reporting Single Story: Andrea Perdomo,
“Invasive Bacteria Threatens Florida’s Palm Trees.”
• Education Reporting: Andrea Perdomo,“Immokalee School Wins National Math Competition.”
• Feature Hard News: Andrea Perdomo, “Chinese Tariffs” (see above).
• Feature Light News: Julie Glenn, “Wolf Dog Goes Viral as Shy Wolf Sanctuary Seeks to Expand.”
• General Assignment: Julie Glenn, “Red Tide Returns: Fish Kills on Marco and Beach Warnings in Collier and South Lee Counties.”
• Sports: Victoria Alverez, “SWFL Paralympic Fencer” (see above).
And the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Award for water resource coverage from the Florida Lake Management Society.