Both as an individual media source and as a collaborator, WGCU News was honored in May 2022 with six Regional Edward R. Murrow awards. WGCU won three awards for individual reporting and three as part of the Florida Public Media collaboration on the series “Class of COVID.”
Award-winning stories, reporters and their categories include “Groups Accuse Glades Detention Center of Abuse,” by Cary Barbor, in the Hard News category; “Sept. 11 Twenty Years Later / SWFL Looks Back,” by the WGCU staff, in News Documentary; and “Dunbar High School Band Director Brings Show Style Marching to Fort Myers for First-Ever Jamboree,” by Tara Calligan, for Excellence in Sound.
The “Class of COVID” series by Florida Public Media included the winning entries “Finding the Lost Children of Migrant Farmworkers, in the Investigative Reporting category;
“Class of COVID-19: An Education Crisis for Florida’s Vulnerable Students,” for News Documentary and News Series.
In addition to WGCU, the Florida Public Media partnership includes WLRN, WFSU, WUSF, WMFE, WUCF, WPBT/WXEL, WJCT, WEDU, and WUWF.
“We are proud to be among the Regional Murrow awardees being acknowledged as WGCU individual reporters and a newsroom collaboration,” said WGCU Associate General Manager for Content Amy Shumaker. “They are among the most prestigious in our industry. “
The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession of broadcast and digital journalism.
Murrow Awards are presented to news organizations, not individuals (except in the student categories). All awards are presented based on the specific body of work submitted.
Regional Murrow Awards are presented to small and large radio, television and digital outlets based on 14 geographic regions. Regional winners are automatically considered for a national award.