WGLT has earned three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for its local reporting and newscasts and will advance to the prestigious National Murrow Award competition this summer.
WGLT competed against newsrooms throughout Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, earning three regional Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA):
- Hard News – “Failing Rica,” reporting by Ryan Denham and Edith Brady-Lunny
- Newscast – Charlie Schlenker
- Investigative Reporting – “School District HR Director Exits,” reporting by Mary Cullen
RTDNA 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 electronic journalism.
Of the awards given to journalists, the Murrow Awards are among the most respected journalism awards in the world.
The National Murrow Award winners will be announced in June.
WGLT, at 89.1 FM, previously won National Murrow Awards in 2015, 2008, 2006, and 2005. Separately, the station has received 111 Illinois AP journalism awards since 1997.
WGLT public radio is a NPR member station licensed to Illinois State University, and has been a part of the School of Communication since 1997. Over the decades, support from the university and the community has allowed WGLT to become a full service public radio station, serving a central Illinois audience approaching 30,000 listeners a week, as well as a growing digital presence with users all over the world via WGLT.org, social media channels, and the NPR One app.