WESA Newsroom Wins 8 Golden Quill Awards

Sep 4, 2020

Maka Osman, center, with her children and neice and nephew in her Northside home. This image accompanied Sarah Schneider's Golden Quill-winning story, "What’s At Stake When There’s A Language Barrier Between Families And Schools?"
Credit Sarah Schneider / 90.5 WESA

During a virtual ceremony on the evening of Sept.3, it was announced that the 90.5 WESA newsroom was the recipient of eight Golden Quill Awards from The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania

The Golden Quills competition honors professional and student excellence in print, broadcast, photography, videography and digital journalism in Western Pennsylvania and nearby counties in Ohio and West Virginia.

The station was nominated for 17 awards in April of 2020, you can find the full list of nominees here

Listen to the winning stories at the links below:

Best in Show Ed King Memorial Award: Audio Journalism
“What’s at Stake When There’s a Language Barrier Between Families and Schools?” Sarah Schneider and Virginia Alvino Young, WESA

First Place Awards
Excellence in Audio Journalism – Spot/Breaking News Winner: “Students Walk Out of Class, Demand Justice for Antwon Rose,” Sarah Schneider and Virginia Alvino Young
 
Excellence in Audio Journalism – News Feature Winner: “As Political Tides Shift, Chances at Commutation Rise for Pennsylvania Lifers,” An-Li Herring
 
Excellence in Audio Journalism – Traditional Feature Winner: “Being ‘Stronger Than Hate’ Means Addressing the Trauma That Can Lead to Violence,” Liz Reid
 
Excellence in Audio Journalism – Profile Winner: “Damon Young’s Memoir Tackles ‘Living While Black’ in Pittsburgh,” Bill O'Driscoll
 
Excellence in Audio Journalism – Documentary Winner: “What’s at Stake When There’s a Language Barrier Between Families and Schools?” Sarah Schneider and Virginia Alvino Young
 
Excellence in Audio Journalism – Public Affairs/Politics/Government Winner: “Pittsburgh Wants to Hire More Black Officers, Some Say It Has to Change From Within,” Ariel Worthy
 
Excellence in Audio Journalism – Arts/Entertainment Winner: “Self-Taught Pittsburgh Artist Gets First Solo Exhibit at Age 89,” Bill O’Driscoll