June 26, 2023 / Modified jun 28, 2023 3:23 p.m.

AZPM honored with three national awards from the Public Media Journalists Association

The awards, given for reporting in 2022, are a first for AZPM from the PMJA.

Each year, the Public Media Journalists Association recognizes the best of local public radio news in a wide array of categories. Arizona Public Media was honored with a first-place award for Interview Podcast and two second-place awards for Interview and News Feature. This is the first time AZPM has been honored by the PMJA.

“To say that I am proud of our news team is an understatement,” said Jack Gibson, AZPM CEO. “The level of excellence with which they perform and the passion with which they approach their work, not just occasionally, but all the time, is something to which most news organizations, public or commercial, can only aspire.”

The winners were celebrated in San Antonio at the PMJA awards banquet during the annual conference on June 24. Revisit the award-winning stories:

The Buzz: UA students talk about the events leading to their professor's death

Christopher Conover, Paola Rodriguez, Zac Ziegler

Thomas Meixner Memorial Flowers, candles and letters lay in front of the Harshbarger building sign following the murder of Professor Thomas Meixner on Wed. Oct. 5, 2022 at the University of Arizona. Meixner was killed by a former student on campus.
Paola Rodriguez/Arizona Public Media

The Buzz takes a trip down the Verde River

Christopher Conover, Zac Ziegler

Verde Chris and Zac The Buzz host Christopher Conover, right, and producer Zac Ziegler, left, exit a rapid on the Verde River.
Doug Von Gausig
abortion protest signs
Gage Judd/AZPM

About PMJA
The organization was formerly known as Public Radio News Directors Inc. and began as an association representing those responsible for the day-to-day direction, reporting, and editing of local public media newsrooms. In 2019, the organization changed its name in an effort to be more encompassing of all journalists in the public media sphere.

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