Two KCUR podcasts win national awards from Public Media Journalists Association
Episodes from A People’s History of Kansas City and Real Humans By Gina Kaufmann were recognized for excellence in commentary and audio documentary.
Two KCUR podcasts were recognized with national awards from the Public Media Journalists Association (PMJA) at their annual conference in Seattle last week.
A column and podcast episode, “What's Keeping Kansas City Parks From Being Major Destinations? A Shameful History,” from Real Humans By Gina Kaufmann received first place in Division AA for Commentary. And “Kansas City’s Barbecue King,” from A People’s History of Kansas City, received second place for Short Documentary.
That episode’s producer and reporter, Mackenzie Martin, was also recently a finalist for a James Beard Award for Audio Reporting.
Director of Content-Journalism C.J. Janovy accepted the awards at the ceremony on behalf of KCUR.
“The PMJA selected KCUR episodes from amongst the very best in public media journalism from across the country,” Janovy says. “We are proud of the KCUR Studios team that creates and produces such notable content.”
Reporting partners from the Kansas News Service (KNS), headquartered at KCUR, also received awards from the PJMA.
High Plains Public Radio received two awards: First place in Enterprise Reporting for “Race In The Free State,” by reporter David Condos and second place in Photojournalism for “Russell, Kansas Bids Farewell To Its Most Favorite Son, Bob Dole,” by Condos and KNS correspondent Jim McLean.
Earlier this month, KCUR was also recognized by the Missouri Broadcasters Association (MBA) in several categories, including:
- First Place, Best Local Website, kcur.org
- First Place for Feature Reporting, “The Pandemic Pushed People Outside And Now, Some Companies Hope They Stay There,” by Frank Morris, national correspondent.
- Certificate of Merit for Feature Reporting, “From His Porch In Rural Missouri, A Congressional Aids Helps Interpreters Escape Afghanistan,” also by Frank Morris.
- Certificate of Merit, News Series, for reporting on “Decades of Racist Police Corruption Brought To Light,” by investigative reporter Peggy Lowe, Midwest Newsroom investigative editor, Steve Vockrodt, and Health & Legal Affairs editor Dan Margolies.
View the complete list of MBA award winners here. The awards were presented at the MBA Banquet on June 12.