Awards

Rachel Osier Lindley

Each year, PRNDI honors an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to public radio news. This year's Leo C. Lee Award recipient will be chosen by the PRNDI Board at its annual meeting in early November.  We are currently accepting nominations from member -stations.

PRNDI Honors Station Work At Awards Banquet

Jun 23, 2018
Rachel Osier Lindley

The 2018 PRNDI Conference ended on a very high note, with an awards ceremony recognizing and celebrating the work of reporting, editing, anchoring and producing at local public media radio stations across the U.S. Covering the outstanding efforts of 2017, more than 190 awards were presented for categories including Breaking News, Call-in Programs, Documentaries, Interviews, and News Features.

In every public radio newsroom across the country, editors play a critical yet often underappreciated role in raising the quality of journalism produced on a daily basis. That’s why PRNDI took steps last year to recognize the importance of this position by inaugurating the PRNDI Editor of the Year Award.

The PRNDI Board of Directors is pleased to announce the 2018 recipient of the Leo C. Lee award.  This year’s honoree is Keith Woods, NPR’s Vice President for Newsroom Training and Diversity.  Woods’ work in leadership training, storytelling and diversity is known throughout the journalism world.    

Public Radio News Directors Incorporated presented its annual awards at a banquet honoring the best in public radio reporting on Saturday, June 24th, 2017.  The awards are designed to honor the very best reporting in a wide variety of categories.  

You can find the entire list HERE.

Brian Bull from KLCC in Eugene, Oregon, will receive the 2017 PRNDI/NEFE Excellence in Consumer Financial Reporting Award. Bull’s story, "Robust Eugene-Springfield Housing Market Subject To Potential Downturns,” showcased a couple moving from the rural east coast to Oregon and the tough financial decisions they faced while trying to buy a home in a more expensive housing market.

PRNDI's "Editor of the Year" Award

Apr 3, 2017

NOTE: This competition is now closed. Nominations for 2018's Editor of the Year Award will be accepted starting in January 2018.

Editors. They’re the unsung heroes of the newsroom. They can spend hours working with a reporter, shaping and guiding a story, helping elevate the piece to something exceptional...and all without a byline!  

Public Radio News Directors Inc. and emcee Korva Coleman of NPR handed out 173 awards to 72 organizations at its conference in St. Louis over the weekend for work done at stations and other outlets during calendar year 2015.  The annual PRNDI Awards pit local public radio stations against one another in an effort to find the very best public radio reporting in a variety of categories from Arts Reporting to Spot News.  "This year's competition was fierce with over 1,200 entries submitted," according to George Bodarky, PRNDI President.

The Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), in partnership with the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE), proudly announce that Courtney Collins and the news staff at KERA in North Texas will be the recipient of this year’s Excellence in Consumer Financial Reporting Award. PRNDI and NEFE will present the award to KERA at the PRNDI annual conference in St. Louis on June 25.

Judging PRNDI award entries as a group is an excellent opportunity for team-building and flexing editorial muscle in your newsroom. 

  • Steal story ideas! 
  • Have frank conversations about writing and story structure without making anyone cry!! 
  • Build a better vocabulary for talking about what works and what doesn’t!!!

If your newsroom would like to adopt an awards category, please contact Christine Paige Diers, cpaigediers@gmail.com.

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