WESA Wins Awards for Journalistic Excellence

May 30, 2019

90.5 WESA reporters, hosts, editors and producers have garnered awards in several competitions recently, including the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow awards, Pennsylvania Associated Press Media Editors Awards, Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Awards , Western PA Press Club Association Golden Quill Awards, and the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation Robert L. Vann Awards. The categories run the gamut from breaking news to public affairs to technology, and showcase the station's hard news and enterprise reporting. Here is a listing of this season's awards:

Radio Television Digital News Association Edward R. Murrow Awards: Large Market Radio (Region 11)

Hard News — Decades After Landmark Lawsuit, Are Allegheny County Public Defenders Still Overworked? An-Li Herring

News Series — The Past, Present, and Future of Abortion Rights in Pennsylvania, Lucy Perkins

Pennsylvania Associated Press Media Editors Awards

Best Series — Dividing Lines

Best Digital Presence — WESA.fm

Best Public Service–Broadcast — Pennsylvania Won’t Say What’s in Its Amazon Bid, But There Are Clues by Margaret J. Krauss

Best Use of Sound (Radio Only) — A Grieving Pittsburgh Focuses on Community and Light in Hanukkah Celebrations by Virginia Alvino Young

Best Newscast —Christopher Ayers: Weekend ATC newscast Oct. 27, 2018 

Best Regularly Scheduled News or Sports Talk Program (Second Place): Kevin Gavin and Megan Harris The Confluence

Best Reporter/Anchor (Second Place):  Margaret J. Krauss.

Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Awards

Outstanding Local Radio Newscast — Maria Scapellato: Morning Edition

Outstanding Radio Public Affairs Program/Program Series — The Confluence, October 29, 2018

Outstanding Radio Feature Story/Report/Series —  Larkin Page-Jacobs Religious, Political Leaders Vow Shooting 'Will Not Break Us' At Soldiers And Sailors Vigil

Western PA Press Club Association Golden Quill Awards

Excellence in Audio Journalism – Spot/Breaking News Winner: Protests of Police Shooting Continue for Fourth Night, This Time on South Side, Chris Potter and Kathleen Davis 

Excellence in Audio Journalism – News Feature Winner: Religious, Political Leaders Vow Shooting ‘Will Not Break Us’ at Soldiers and Sailors Vigil, Larkin Page-Jacobs

Excellence in Audio Journalism – Documentary Winner: The Confluence: Tree of Life, Megan Harris, Kiley Koscinski and Kevin Gavin

Excellence in Audio Journalism – Public Affairs/Politics/Government Winner: Decades After Landmark Lawsuit, Are Allegheny County Public Defenders Still Overworked? An-Li Herring

Excellence in Audio Journalism – Education Winner: An Unsuccessful 30-Year Effort to Desegregate Pittsburgh Public Schools, Liz Reid

Excellence in Audio Journalism – Business/Technology/Consumer Winner: Can a Small Sensor Protect the Elderly From Dangerous Falls? A CMU Research Team Thinks So, Kathleen Davis 

Excellence in Audio Journalism – History/Culture Winner: Building an Archive in Real Time: How the History Center Is Recording Pittsburgh Jewish History, Katie Blackley

Excellence in Audio Journalism – Arts/Entertainment Winner: Pittsburgh Hosts Nation’s First Festival for African American Craft Beer Brewers, Bill O’Driscoll, WESA 

Best in Show — Ed King Memorial Award, Audio Journalism: Decades After Landmark Lawsuit, Are Allegheny County Public Defenders Still Overworked? An-Li Herring

Pittsburgh Black Media Federation Vann Awards

Radio / Spot & Breaking News: An-Li Herring + Staff , This Hurts. This Is Real. Protesters Fill  Downtown After Pittsburgh Teen Fatally Shot

Radio / Public Affairs: Bill O’Driscoll, Pittsburgh Hosts First Festival for African American Craft Beer Brewers

Radio / News Series: Staff, Dividing Lines