May 6, 2021 / Modified may 6, 2021 11:58 a.m.

Arizona Public Media Receives Six Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

Category honors include Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Excellence in Video, and News Documentary

2021 murrow hero AZPM received six regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in the categories of Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Excellence in Video, and News Documentary.

May 6, 2021 - TUCSON, AZ - Arizona Public Media (AZPM) was honored today with six Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA).

The Murrow Awards are the embodiment of the values, principles and standards set forth by Edward R. Murrow, a journalism pioneer who set the standards for the highest quality of broadcast journalism.

"Such an accomplishment would be a source of great pride in any year, but producing such outstanding content during a global pandemic, working remotely and with reduced resources, is an exceptional feat," said Jack Gibson, AZPM Chief Executive Officer.

AZPM received Regional Murrow Awards in the following categories:

Small Market Television Region 3 Awards

Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Arizona Illustrated Two Spirit Powwow
Andrew Brown, David Fenster

Traditionally, powwow categories are listed with the gender binary “Women” and “Men”. However, many tribes recognize more than two genders. When the 2nd Annual Two Spirit Powwow took place in Phoenix last February, the powwow committee decided to remove gender from all categories. The Two Spirit Powwow is hosted by Native PFLAG, an organization that works to keep families together and foster the traditional teachings of what it means to be LGBT and/or Two-Spirit. They envision a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

Excellence in Video

Arizona Illustrated Wildlife and the Bighorn
Mitch Riley, Nate Huffman, Bob Lindberg, Gage Judd

Wildfire is a natural process that can lead to a healthier forest and potentially healthier habitat for the species that make their home in the Santa Catalina Mountains, including Big Horn Sheep, the Desert Tortoise, the Mexican Spotted Owl, the Gila Chub, the Goulds Turkey, and the Mountain Lion.

News Documentary

La Vaquita
Vanessa Barchfield, Nate Huffman

Producer Vanessa Barchfield takes viewers on a journey to the Sea of Cortez where the most endangered marine mammal on earth is fighting for survival against overwhelming odds. Only 12 vaquitas, a small porpoise that lives in the salty waters of the Upper Gulf of California, are estimated to remain.

Feature Reporting

OSIRIS REx: Touch and Go
Bryan Nelson, Martin Rubio, Nate Huffman

On October 20th, 2020, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft unfurled its robotic arm and briefly touched one of the oldest objects in our solar system - the asteroid Bennu - and captured a sample of material to bring back to Earth. The moment was the pinnacle of this record-making mission and an example of the scientific ingenuity and engineering acumen of the team behind it at the University of Arizona. AZPM was there to capture every anxious and exhilarating moment as the event unfolded.

Hard News

Arizona 360 Police program offers drug treatment instead of arrest
Kassandra Lau, Lorraine Rivera

While the state’s opioid epidemic resulted in the more widespread use of fentanyl and heroin, that hasn’t necessarily translated into more arrests for those caught with the drugs in Tucson. Arizona 360 joined the Tucson Police Department’s Substance Use Resource Team to see how officers implement the department’s deflection program. Instead of taking people to jail, officers and peer support specialists with CODAC Health, Recovery and Wellness can talk them into treatment.

Small Market Radio Region 3 Award

Continued Coverage

Quitobaquito Protests
Alisa Reznick

Located a few paces from the U.S.-Mexico border, the Quitobaquito spring system is the only source of fresh water for miles and has existed for some 10,000 years. It feeds into a pond that used to be home to Hia-Ced O'odham and Tohono O'odham tribal communities. Border wall construction threatens the land and communities there.

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