Wichita’s KMUW Public Radio 89.1 Received three Edward R. Murrow Awards in April. One of those three is now being nationally recognized.
The awards were given by the Radio Television Digital News Association for excellence in a four state region. KMUW Reporter Abigail Wilson was the recipient of one of the awards, in the area of feature reporting. Wilson’s award-winning story, Reaching Out: The Ongoing Relationship Between the WPD and the Homeless, competed again, this time against other regional winners of the Edward R. Murrow award for feature reporting. It was honored with a national Murrow Award.
“I’ve been in this business for a long time,” says General Manager Debra Fraser, “and I know how rare it is to win a Murrow at the national level. Amid a lot of really great news and wonderful awards the station has been earning, this one really stands out.”
The story chronicles the experience of Officer Nate Schweithale and homeless man, Tex, who he befriends while working with the Homeless Outreach Team in Wichita. This program serves to to address the nearly 600 chronically homeless people in the Wichita community.
Wilson also won a regional Murrow for a documentary on the WSU plane crash, called The Pieces That Remain. The piece also won a National Gracie Award from The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation. Wilson also recently won a Public Radio News Directors Inc. national award along with KMUW Assistant News Director, Carla Eckels.
KMUW has been recognized as Large Market Radio Station of the Year by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters for the last two years.
“Wilson’s accomplishment is incredible,” adds Fraser. “Here at KMUW, we can all say, ‘We knew her when….’ It’s a privilege to have her talent and hard work recognized with this wonderful national award.”