WLRN News Wins 9 Regional Murrow Awards

Apr 25, 2017

WLRN News has won nine Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, including excellence in innovation, feature, hard news, and investigative reporting. 

The Murrow awards, awarded since 1971 by the Radio Television Digital News Organization, recognize stories that put public interest above all else, provide a catalyst for public discussion and adhere to the RTDNA Code of Ethics. They are named in honor of  Edward R. Murrow, a pioneer who set the standards for the highest quality of broadcast journalism. 

WLRN News' work has been recognized with four National Headliner Awards, including a first place award for Social Media.

The National Headliner Awards was founded in 1934 by the Press Club of Atlantic City, making it one of the oldest and largest annual contests recognizing journalistic excellence in the United States.

WLRN News took home nine first place and four runner-up awards at this year's Florida Associated Press Broadcasters competition.

Results were announced at a gala event April 8 in Orlando. One WLRN News story, "We Spent the Night on a Nuclear Submarine," by Sammy Mack and Wilson Sayre, captured first place in two categories -- Feature | Light News and Use of Sound for Radio.

WLRN Morning Edition host Wanda Myles has been helping South Florida wake up for more than a decade.

For many of us, she has been the bright voice that wakes us up in the mornings and spends time with us in kitchens, offices and car as the sun rises over the ocean and our days get going. 

Today (March 28) marks her last day at WLRN. We wish her nothing but the best of luck in her next adventure. 

But before she leaves our studios, we want to take a moment to share some of our favorite things about Wanda off and on the airwaves. 

José A. Iglesias / Miami Herald

A group assembled to advise the Miami-Dade school district in its ongoing dispute with WLRN floated a radical option in an initial meeting on Friday: having the school system sell the license of the award-winning public radio and TV station.

To say Jo Asmundsson was passionate about her community and WLRN would be understatement.

Jo was a vivacious woman who committed 27 years to WLRN, beginning in 1990 when she stepped through the front doors to volunteer with WLRN’s Radio Reading Service. She was exceptional, she was dedicated and most importantly, she was family.

WLRN News has won three awards from the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters. Ten additional works are finalists for awards, which will be announced next month.

The three winners for the 2016 Florida Associated Press Broadcasters awards are:

- Investigative Series

WLRN News is launching a new project. It’s called Palm Readers. No, we're not becoming psychics, but our newsroom does want to help answer some questions you might have about life here in South Florida.

Luis Hernandez sat down with Engagement producer Katie Lepri recently to discuss  how the project works and how you can get involved. 

H: What is Palm Readers

L: It's a community-driven journalism project. Basically, we want to know what you want to know. Really.

Daniel Bock For the Miami Herald

WLRN News hired freelance reporter Susannah Nesmith to report the following story. WLRN News did not direct any of her reporting. That’s because WLRN News itself is a subject of the reporting. NPR edited the story.

Miami-Dade School District Superintendent Alberto Carvalho has abandoned attempts by his staff to take over the news operations of WLRN.

RadioFest At The Wolfsonian-FIU

Feb 27, 2017

DATE: Saturday, March 11, 2017. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

LOCATION: Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

Celebrate over 100 years of the technology at the core of communication and connection in the modern world.

The Wolfsonian partnered with WLRN Public Media and The New Tropic to bring you a full day of radio-inspired fun and learning including live talks, workshops, performances, and interactives.

Editor's Note:

WLRN News hired freelance reporter Susannah Nesmith to report the following story. WLRN News did not direct any of her reporting and the story was edited by NPR. That's because WLRN News itself is a subject of the reporting. 

The Miami-Dade School District has proposed taking over operations of WLRN, South Florida’s public radio and television stations.

WLRN Public Television was honored with an award recognizing one of its original productions during the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' 2016 Suncoast Regional Emmy Awards on Saturday. 

The WLRN original production "Plight of the Plume Birds" was acknowledged as one of five winners in the environment category. The 14-minute documentary was written and directed by former WLRN Director of Television Production and Programming Alan Tomlinson and produced by Francesca De Onis.

WLRN News Wins First in 2015 Sunshine State Awards

Jul 15, 2016
Society of Professional Journalists

WLRN won six first-place honors and a total of 12 recognitions  in the 2016 edition of the Sunshine State Awards competition, which is administered by the Society of Professional Journalists. The station, which airs on 91.3 FM and WLRN.org, won first place in the following categories:  

Integrity Florida Award for Public Corruption Reporting 

WLRN-Miami Herald News: License to Launder: Cash, Cops and the Cartels


WLRN Public Media won nine awards for work produced during 2015 at this year's Public Radio News Directors Inc. annual conference. The honors, part of PRNDI’s highly-competitive national awards competition, were announced during a ceremony June 25 during the organization’s annual conference in St. Louis.

Protestors gathered Friday in Stuart near the private land visited by Senator Marco Rubio during his tour viewing areas hit by the algae.
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