Tacoma radio station KNKX won a 2018 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in the News Series Category from the Radio Television Digital News Association. The award was for KNKX’s 2017 series, Unpacking Government.
The Murrow Awards honors broadcasters that live up to Edward R. Murrow’s legacy by creating content that serves the public interest and follows the RTDNA Code of Ethics. The category KNKX won, the Large Market Category in Region 1, includes Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Oregon.
The KNKX news team only decided to create the Unpacking Government series following the 2016 election. The series aired in 14 parts over four months during the Washington legislative session. Simone Alicea was the lead reporter on the series, where journalists discussed how the Washington state government operates, and several other topics.
“In a time when national news cycles can seem frighteningly fast, I am glad to see stories about our unique local politics highlighted,” said Alicea. “I think we learned a lot from this series that will inform our reporting moving forward.”
Awards were given to 307 local radio, television and digital news organizations in 16 categories.
Regional winners will now be in the national Edward R. Murrow Awards competition, which will be judged in May. National award winners will be announced in June.