Iowa Public Radio's Award Winning News Stories

Iowa Public Radio's News team has received some of the top awards in broadcast journalism. Over the past several years the team has earned awards for it use of sound, its newscasts, feature reporting, and more. Below is a sampling of the team's past awards and, where available, an option to listen to the award-winning story.

Eric Sevareid Awards:
Given by the Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA), the Eric Sevareid Award recognizes the best work done by broadcast news operations and journalists working in radio, television, and online in small, medium, and large markets in the six-state region that makes up the NBNA.

2014 Awards:
     Large Market Radio Awards for Audio:
          Award of Merit: Iowa / Hungary Percussion Project Debuts in the United States    
     Large Market Radio Awards for Documentary/Special:
          Award of Merit: River to River's Iowa Experiments
          Award of Merit: Talk of Iowa's Crime Victims' Needs
     Large Market Radio Awards for Hard Reporting:
          First Place Award: HUD Claims Housing Discrimination in Dubuque
          Award of Merit: Impact of military spending cuts uneven among Iowa's
                                        defense companies
     Large Market Radio Awards for Soft Feature:
          First Place Award: Refugees find home on the farm

2013 Awards:
     Large Market Radio Awards for Audio:
          First Place Award: Iowa Filmmakers         
          Award of Merit: Trumpeter Swans Rebound
     Large Market Radio Awards for Documentary/Special:
          Award of Merit: Anniversary of Tornado in Joplin
     Large Market Radio Awards for Hard Feature:
          Award of Merit: Outside Spending
     Large Market Radio Awards for Sports Reporting:
          Award of Merit: The Bulldog Behind the Mascot
     Large Market Radio Awards for Investigative Reporting:
          Award of Merit: Mason Contract
     Large Market Radio Awards for Soft Feature:
          Award of Merit: Curbside Bus Service Increased

Edward R. Murrow Awards:
Given by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), the Edward R. Murrow Award honors outstanding achievements in electronic journalism. Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession of electronic journalism.

2013 Regional Awards:
     News Documentary: The Bonobo Hope Great Ape Trust Sanctuary
     Reporting: Sports: Iowa State University Golf

2012 Regional Awards:
     Audio Feature Reporting: Fish Farming as Alternative Agriculture
     Audio Investigative Reporting: Iowa's Robocalls: Cheap, Easy, Anonymous and Legal
     Audio News Series: Being Muslim in Iowa
     Audio Feature Reporting: Wadena Rocks at 40
     Audio Sports Reporting: Women Wrestlers
     Use of Sound: Audio Letters from Vietnam

2010 Regional Awards:
     Audio Continuing Coverage: The Day the Music Died

Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) Awards:
Given by PRNDI, these awards recognize the best of local public radio news in a wide array of categories.

2012 Awards:
     Second Place for Call-in Program:
          The Exchange: Stuttering and The King's Speech
     Second Place for Continuing Coverage:
          Missouri River Flooding
     Second Place for Newscast:
          12/14/2011 7:30am IPR Newscast
     Second Place for Soft Feature:
          The Low Pheasant Population Hurts More than Hunters

2009 Awards:
     Second Place for Call-in Program:
          The Exchange: Karl Rove Visits Iowa City