This week, 90.5 WESA was recognized with two regional Edward R. Murrow awards in the large market radio category. The Radio Television Digital News Association, or RTDNA, presents the awards in honor of outstanding achievements in electronic journalism.
Liz Reid, weekend host and general assignment reporter, won for use of sound with a piece about Pittsburgh's annual Dirty Dozen bike competition. The story was an immersive look at a grueling bike race up the city's steepest hills. The sound-rich piece took listeners on the ride, which has grown from a group of gritty friends riding the hills 31 years ago to a fully-supported 250-person ride.
Also recognized was the station's website, wesa.fm, which is home to Pittsburgh-area breaking news, long-form reporting, multimedia storytelling and creative web-only features.
All other regional winners can be found at the RTDNA's website. The RTDNA has been honoring excellence in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Here's how the association describes the awards:
Murrow’s pursuit of excellence in journalism embodies the spirit of the awards that carry his name. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the electronic news profession.
Regional Edward R. Murrow Award winners move on to be reviewed in the national round of judging, and national winners will be announced in June.