Awards

KUOW's programming has been recognized by local, regional and national journalism and broadcasting organizations. A special thanks to KUOW's financial supporters for helping to make this award-winning programming possible.

Recent Awards


PUBLIC RADIO NEWS DIRECTOR INC. (PRNDI)

2018 Editor of the Year Carol Smith


SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS

Sports Audio Reporting

Winner — "This 63-year-old could lift a baby elephant," by Carlin Bills, edited by Ann Kane and Carol Smith

General News Audio Reporting

Winner — "A death pushed these farmworkers to protest. Now an investigation is underway,"by Liz Jones, edited by Carol Smith

Feature Audio Reporting

Winner — "Not everyone makes peace with their dad. My teacher inspired me to try," by Nate Martin, edited by Mary Heisey and Jenny Asarnow

Audio News Series

Winner — Prime(d) podcast

Runner up — Second Wave podcast

Investigative Audio Reporting

Winner — "Pregnant mom calls for help, ends up killed by police. Her tribe wants answers," by Amy Radil, edited by Gil Aegerter

Breaking News Audio Reporting

Winner — Donald Trump's travel ban, by Liz Jones, edited by Carol Smith

Runner up — Amtrak derailment, by John Ryan, Jason Pagano, Heather Bosch and Austin Jenkins


RTDNA’S REGIONAL EDWARD R. MURROW AWARDS

Breaking News Coverage

Amtrak Derailment

Continuing Coverage

Travel ban puts lives on hold

Excellence in Sound

"The Beauty Pageant," Second Wave

Hard News

"Her miscarriage in ICE detention raises questions about care," by Liz Jones, edited by Carol Smith


ALLIANCE FOR WOMEN IN MEDIA FOUNDATION'S GRACIES

News Feature, Non-Commercial Local Radio

"Her miscarriage in ICE detention raises questions about care," by Liz Jones, edited by Carol Smith

Podcast, Interactive Media - Student

RadioActive Youth Media

2017 Awards


ASIAN AMERICAN JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION

General Excellence Radio/Audio

Winner — "If these walls could talk," by Liz Jones, Ruby de Luna, Amina Al-Sadi, Kate Walters, Isolde Raftery, Carol Smith, Whitney Henry-Lester, edited by Carol Smith


PUBLIC RADIO NEWS DIRECTOR INC. (PRNDI)

Enterprise/Investigative

Winner — "Upon Arrival," by Liz Jones, edited by Carol Smith

Sports Feature

Winner — "Dressed like women warriors, these girls step into their heritage," by Marcie Sillman, edited by Jim Gates

Student Soft Feature

Winner — "I was homeless and my life was trash. Then this Seattle family took me in.," by April Reyes, mentored by Nina Tran, edited by Jenny Asarnow

Best Use Of Sound

Runner up — "Out of the Jungle," by Joshua McNichols and Kate Walters, edited by Carol Smith and Whitney Henry-Lester

Commentary

Runner up — "Albinism And Me: How My Genetic Condition Makes My Ethnicity Invisible," Kamna Shastri


SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS

General News Audio Reporting

Winner — "They lost their son and daughter to murder-suicide. Now they’re pushing for gun control," by Amy Radil, edited by Jim Gates

Runner Up — "Can the middle class lifestyle my Seattle grandparents had ever be achievable again?," by Emily Fox, edited by Carol Smith

Investigative Audio Reporting

Winner — "Out of the Jungle," by Joshua McNichols and Kate Walters, edited by Carol Smith and Whitney Henry-Lester

Runner Up — "Hollow Columns Holding Up I-5, I-405 Bridges Could Implode In Major Quake," by John Ryan, and Carolyn Adolph, edited by Carol Smith

Audio News Series

Winner — Health of the Uniform, by Patricia Murphy, edited by Adam Hochberg

Sports Audio Reporting

Winner — "Dressed like women warriors, these girls step into their heritage," by Marcie Sillman, edited by Jim Gates

Runner Up — "This is what a concussion sounds like," by Conor Gormally, edited by Lila Kitaeff and Carol Smith

Video News Series

Winner — Battle Ready: The Military’s Environmental Legacy In The Northwest, by Katie Campbell with EarthFix


RTDNA’S REGIONAL EDWARD R. MURROW AWARDS

Excellence in Innovation

RadioActive Youth Media

Feature Reporting

"I was homeless and my life was trash. Then this Seattle family took me in.," by April Reyes, mentored by Nina Tran, edited by Jenny Asarnow

Hard News

"They Lost Their Son and Daughter to Murder-suicide. Now They’re Pushing for Gun Control," by Amy Radil, edited by Jim Gates

News Documentary

"Out of the Jungle," by Joshua McNichols and Kate Walters, edited by Carol Smith

News Series

"Upon Arrival," by Liz Jones, edited by Carol Smith

 

WEBBY AWARDS

Podcasts & Digital Audio —Best Writing

How to be a Girl

2016 Awards


PUBLIC RADIO NEWS DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION (PRNDI)

Feature

1st place – "Why Is There So Much Prostitution On Aurora Avenue In Seattle?," by Posey Gruener, edited by Jim Gates

Sports

1st place – "The Surprising Place Where Some Seahawks Fans Gather," by Joshua McNichols, edited by Derek Wang

Spot/Daily News

2nd place – "Guess Who's Helping Seattle Homeless Veterans? Syrian Refugees," by Liz Jones, edited by Carol Smith.


SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS

General News Reporting

2nd place – "In Auburn, 911 Wants To Know If You’re A Veteran," by Patricia Murphy, edited by Adam Hochberg

3rd place – "Using White Privilege To Fight Racism: A Young Activist's Dream," by Paul Kiefer, edited by Lila Kitaeff and Carol Smith

News Series

2nd place – "Seattle’s Homeless: No End in Sight," by John Ryan and Jeannie Yandel, edited by Carol Smith

Special Report

1st place – "Why This Teen Stopped Hiding Her Dad's Abuse," by Noel Gasca, edited by Lila Kitaeff and Jenny Asarnow

2nd place – "Why Is There So Much Prostitution On Aurora Avenue In Seattle?," by Posey Gruener, edited by Jim Gates

Sports Reporting

1st place – "The Surprising Place Where Some Seahawks Fans Gather," by Joshua McNichols, edited by Derek Wang

Spot News Reporting

3rd place – "International District Mourns Shooting Victim Donald Chin," by Liz Jones, edited by Carol Smith


SPOT 127 KORVA COLEMAN AWARD 

Overcoming Hurdles To Be First In His Family To Go To College,” by Angela Nguyen, mentored by Lila Kiaeff, edited by Jenny Asarnow


RTDNA’S STUDENT MURROW AWARDS

Overall Excellence - Audio

"Why This Teen Stopped Hiding Her Dad's Abuse," by Noel Gasca, mentored by Lila Kiaeff, edited by Jenny Asarnow

 

RTDNA’S REGIONAL EDWARD R. MURROW AWARDS

Continuing Coverage

"Arctic Drilling," by John Ryan

Sports

"Overcoming Hurdles To Be First In His Family To Go To College," by Angela Nguyen, edited by Jenny Asarnow


ALLIANCE FOR WOMEN IN MEDIA FOUNDATION'S GRACIES

Feature

"Why These Seattle Writers Launched #ShoutYourAbortion," by Jeannie Yandel and Allie Ferguson

Grand Winner: Portrait/Biography

"Why This Teen Stopped Hiding Her Dad's Abuse," by Noel Gasca, mentored by Lila Kiaeff, edited by Jenny Asarnow

2015 Awards


PUBLIC RADIO NEWS DIRECTORS INC.

Student Soft Feature

2nd Prize —"Water Is The Sound Of Freedom For My 'Ba'," by Angela Nguyen, mentored by Sandra Htyte, edited by Jenny Asarnow

Soft Feature – Large Newsroom

1st Place – "Water Is The Sound Of Freedom For My 'Ba'," by Angela Nguyen, mentored by Sandra Htyte, edited by Jenny Asarnow 


NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HISPANIC JOURNALISTS

Latino Issues, Radio/Online Audio Journalism

“Goodbye America,” by Liz Jones


SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS: NORTHWEST EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM AWARDS

Feature

1st place — "What's On The Bottom Of Lake Washington? Planes, Trains, And...," by Sarah Waller, edited by Jim Gates

Investigative Reporting

1st place — "Who's Buying the Washington State Senate?" by John Ryan, edited by Carol Smith

2nd place — "Rail Workers Raise Doubts About Safety Culture As Oil Trains Roll On," by Ashley Ahearn and Tony Schick, edited by Jim Gates

News Series

1st place — "Two Indias, Near And Far," by Liz Jones, edited by Carol Smith

2nd place — "No Time For Play," by Ann Dornfeld, edited by Carol Smith

3rd place — "Seattle Nurse Risks Everything To Smuggle AIDS Drugs," by Jessica Partnow, edited by Carol Smith

Spot News

1st place — "Mudslide Witness: There Were 'Belongings All Over The Road," by Phyllis Fletcher, edited by Carol Smith

2nd place — "Ferguson Protesters In Seattle Express Hope, Worry, Anger," by Liz Jones, edited by Carol Smith

3rd place — "Shell Casings On The Carpet: Students Describe SPU Shooting Scene," by KUOW Staff, edited by Carol Smith

General News

3rd place — "Seattle Catholic Students Form Underground Clubs For LGBTQ Youth," by Katherine Sims, Rachel Lam and Nina Tran, edited by Jenny Asarnow

Special Report

3rd place — "An Autistic Teen’s Guide To Impersonating Michael Jackson," by Meghan O'Kelley, mentored by Lila Kitaeff, edited by Carol Smith

 

RTDNA’S NATIONAL EDWARD R. MURROW AWARDS

Hard News

1st place — "Seattle Catholic Students Form Underground Clubs For LGBTQ Youth," by Katherine Sims, Rachel Lam and Nina Tran, edited by Jenny Asarnow


RTDNA’S REGIONAL EDWARD R. MURROW AWARDS

Investigative Reporting

3rd place — "Landslide Safety All Over The Map," by John Ryan and Tony Schick, edited by Carol Smith

Hard News

1st place — "Seattle Catholic Students Form Underground Clubs For LGBTQ Youth," by Katherine Sims, Rachel Lam and Nina Tran, edited by Jenny Asarnow


RTDNA’S KALEIDOSCOPE AWARDS

Large Market Radio

"Two Indias, Near And Far," by Liz Jones, edited by Carol Smith


ALLIANCE FOR WOMEN IN MEDIA FOUNDATION'S GRACIES

Outstanding Interview Program or Feature

"'Gamergate' Is Just A Microcosm Of Sexism," by Marcie Sillman and Hannah Burn, edited by Jeannie Yandel

Oustanding Reporter/Correspondent

Liz Jones

Outstanding Documentary

"Seattle Nurse Risks Everything To Smuggle AIDS Drugs," by Jessica Partnow, edited by Carol Smith


2014 Awards

2014 SALUTE TO EXCELLENCE AWARD

"Black In Seattle," by Tonya Mosley, edited by Phyllis Fletcher


2014 RTNDA/UNITY AWARD

Honoring outstanding achievement in coverage of diversity

"Black In Seattle," by Tonya Mosley, edited by Phyllis Fletcher


SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS: NORTHWEST EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM AWARDS

Spot News Reporting

3rd place — "33 Women Arrested During Immigration Rally — Including Mayor McGinn's Wife," by Liz Jones

General News Reporting

1st place — "Farm Worker Harassment Draws Increased Scrutiny," by Liz Jones

Special Report

1st place — "Missing Person Cases Involving Dementia Challenge Police," by Ruby de Luna

3rd place — "Macklemore's 'Thrift Shop' Changes Teens' Shopping Habits," by Varun Dhananjaya

News Series

2nd place — "Coal in the Northwest," by Ashley Ahearn

SEATTLE WOMEN IN JAZZ

1st Annual Amanda Wilde Inspire Award: Amanda Wilde, The Swing Years and Beyond


RTDNA’S REGIONAL EDWARD R. MURROW AWARDS

Sports

“Seattle Underwater Hockey Team Headed For Nationals,” by Sarah Waller

Hard News

“Fighting Foreclosure: Home Is Where The Bank Says It Is,” by Kendra Hanna (RadioActive Youth Media)

Writing

“Lifelong Smoker Goes Into Extra Innings In His Fight Against 'Mr. C,'" by Madeline Ewbank (RadioActive Youth Media)


2013 Awards


AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE

Kavli Science Journalism Awards

Certificate of Merit — Series: "Coal in the Northwest Series," by Ashley Ahearn, edited by Jim Gates


SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS: NORTHWEST EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM AWARDS

Spot News Reporting

3rd place — "Cafe Racer Shooting," by KUOW Staff

Special Report

1st place — "Broken Notes," reported by Kamna Shastri, edited by Nathan Friend

Investigative Reporting

1st place — "Sea Trial Leaves Shell's Arctic Oil-Spill Gear 'Crushed Like A Beer Can,'" reported by John Ryan, edited by Jim Gates

3rd place — "Less Than Honorable: Sexual Assault In The U.S. Military," reported by Patricia Murphy, edited by Jim Gates

 

SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS: SIGMA DELTA CHI AWARD

Investigative Reporting (1-100 Market or Network Syndication)

"Sea Trial Leaves Shell's Arctic Oil-Spill Gear 'Crushed Like A Beer Can,'" reported by John Ryan, edited by Jim Gates

 

RTDNA'S REGIONAL EDWARD R. MURROW AWARD

Investigative Reporting

"Flying The Unleaded Skies," by John Ryan

Feature

"Mom Moves into Van To Pay For Daughter’s Tuition," by Sarah Rosenthal

Hard News

"Undocumented HS Grad Can't Afford College Of His Choice," Esteli Garcia

2012 Awards

 

RTDNA'S REGIONAL EDWARD R. MURROW AWARD

Audio Feature Reporting

Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, "Secrets Of A Blonde Bombshell," by KUOW's Phyllis Fletcher


ALLIANCE FOR WOMEN IN MEDIA FOUNDATION'S 2012 GRACIES

Outstanding Portrait/Biography

Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, "Secrets Of A Blonde Bombshell," by KUOW's Phyllis Fletcher


RTDNA'S UNITY AWARD

Radio

Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, "Secrets Of A Blonde Bombshell," by KUOW's Phyllis Fletcher


PUBLIC RADIO NEWS DIRECTORS INC.

Call-in Program

1st Prize — The Conversation, "Living In A White City," hosted by Ross Reynolds and produced by David Hyde and Arwen Nicks

 

SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS: SIGMA DELTA CHI AWARD

Public Service in Radio Journalism

"Danger At Work," produced by John Ryan and edited by Jim Gates


ASSOCIATION OF HEALTH CARE JOURNALISTS

Health Policy

3rd Place — "The Weight Of War," by Patricia Murphy and Hal Bernton of The Seattle Times


EDUCATION WRITERS ASSOCIATION'S NATIONAL REPORTING CONTEST

Beat Reporting

1st Prize — Phyllis Fletcher, Education Beat Reporting, edited by Jim Gates and Guy Nelson


WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF ARCHAEOLOGY & HISTORIC PRESERVATION

Outstanding Achievement In The Media

"The Viaduct," written and produced by Dominic Black, edited by Jim Gates and assisted by Jason Pagano


SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS: NORTHWEST EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM AWARDS

Health Reporting

1st Place — "The Weight Of War," by Patricia Murphy and Hal Bernton of The Seattle Times

Radio News Series

2nd Place — "Danger At Work," produced by John Ryan and edited by Jim Gates

Innovation Award

2nd Place — "Farming Along The Duwamish," by Jim Gates and InvestigateWest's Carol Smith