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Michigan Radio Wins National Edward R. Murrow Award

Jun 21, 2016

Michigan Radio has been recognized with a national Edward R. Murrow Award.

The award, in the Large Market Radio – News Documentary category, was received for “Not Safe to Drink.

The documentary series traced the history and story behind the Flint water crisis.  “Not Safe to Drink” aired on Michigan Radio in December, 2015.

It was produced and written by Lindsey Smith, with help from Sarah Hulett and Jennifer Guerra. Additional reporting by Steve Carmody, Mark Brush , Rebecca Williams and other members of the Michigan Radio news team.

"Winning a national Edward R. Murrow Award is the ultimate compliment for any news organization,” said Steve Schram, Executive Director-General Manager of Michigan Radio. “This is a tribute not only to the excellent work done by Lindsey Smith, but also by all of our journalists every day.”

This is the fifth national Murrow award for the NPR station, which last won in 2011 for the Environment Report documentary “Coal: Dirty Past, Hazy Future.” Michigan Radio has also won more than ten regional Murrow awards over the past five years.

A total of 18 public radio stations nationwide received national Murrow awards in various categories, as well as NPR and the public radio shows “Reveal” and “This American Life.” Other Michigan Murrow Award winners were the Detroit Free Press and WZZM-TV. You can view a complete list of Murrow winners here.

The Murrow Awards are presented by The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) to honor outstanding achievements in electronic journalism. The awards recognize the best electronic journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession.  The awards will be presented at the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala in New York City on Oct. 10, 2016.