Awards & Recognition

In pursuit of our goals to inform, engage, and inspire the southwestern Pennsylvania community, 90.5 WESA has received several awards in recognition of excellence in broadcast journalism.

2012 Pennsylvania Associated Press News Awards Contest

Presented by the Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association, the Pennsylvania Associated Press News Awards recognize outstanding broadcast journalism efforts by AP member radio and television stations, cable television and networks in Pennsylvania.

Several 90.5 staff members received recognition in the Radio A, Major Market Stations category.

1st place: Paul Guggenheimer -  "Bus Commentary"

Enterprise/Individual Reporting
3rd place: Deanna Garcia - "Human Trafficking"

Spot News
1st place: Larkin Page-Jacobs -"Pitt Bomb Threat"

3rd place: Noah Brode - "Iron Steel Collection"

Radio Sound
1st place: Larkin Page-Jacobs - "Cooking Weeds"

News or Sports Talk Program
3rd place: Marcus Charleston, Paul Guggenheimer, Heather McClain - "Outlaw Platoon

2013 Golden Quill Awards

Presented by the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, the 49th annual Golden Quill Awards were awarded in recognition of professional excellence in written, photographic, broadcast, and online journalism. 90.5 WESA received three top prizes, as well as multiple finalist awards, for some of the station's most compelling broadcast features.

Business/Technology/Consumer Story, Radio
Winner: Erika Beras 
- Feature: Poland Shale Series

Enterprise/Investigative Story, Radio
Winner: Deanna Garcia - Feature:
Human Trafficking
Finalist: Larkin Page-Jacobs - Feature: Rural Domestic Violence

Spot/Breaking News, Radio
Winner: Deanna Garcia - Feature:
Miles Verdict
Finalist: Kevin Gavin - Feature: “Specter Obit”

Health/Science/Environment Story, Radio
Finalist: Erika Beras - Feature:
Medicaid Selection