June 6, 2024 / Modified jun 6, 2024 4:29 p.m.

AZPM honored with national award from the Public Media Journalists Association

The award, given for reporting in 2023, is the second for public affairs podcast "The Buzz"

PMJA Buzz El Tour de Mayor of Tucson The Buzz episode "El Tour de Mayor of Tucson" was honored with a first-place award in the Interview category at the Public Media Journalists Association.
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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 in the Interview category for THE BUZZ: EL TOUR DE MAYOR OF TUCSON, a take on the renowned perimeter bicycle race, El Tour de Tucson, that takes place in and around the city every fall. The host of The Buzz drove the three candidates for Tucson Mayor around the area and talked with them about what they saw out the windows of the vehicle. The Buzz: El Tour de Mayor also recently won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Innovation.

“This recognition not only reflects the dedication and talent of our journalists but also underscores AZPM’s commitment to delivering high-quality content that resonates with our community,” said Jack Gibson, AZPM CEO. “It is a testament to the hard work, innovation, and storytelling prowess of our team, and I am truly grateful for their passion and commitment to delivering trusted news and stories that matter.”

The awards, announced in conjunction with the organization’s annual conference being held June 5-7 in Washington, DC, are for work completed during 2023. In all, the organization is presenting 269 first and second place awards across 33 categories. Last year, AZPM received PMJA awards in the categories of Interview Podcast, Interview, and News Feature. The full list of this year’s winners is available here.

Listen to the award-winning episode of The Buzz here

About PMJA

The Public Media Journalists Association (PMJA) is a professional association for public media journalists in the United States. Membership includes over 130 local public radio newsrooms across the country. PMJA’s programs provide professional development, career support and networking opportunities to the over 1,800 journalists working at its member stations.

About AZPM

Arizona Public Media (AZPM) is an editorially independent, nonprofit community service of the University of Arizona and provides three television program services (PBS 6, PBS 6 Plus, and PBS Kids), four radio services (NPR 89.1, Classical 90.5, Jazz 89.1 HD2, and the BBC World Service) and a variety of online program offerings. AZPM is funded through the generous support of annual and sustaining members, the business community through program underwriting, fee-for-service production activities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and direct and in-kind support from the University of Arizona. Arizona Public Media® and AZPM® are registered trademarks of the Arizona Board of Regents, which holds the FCC broadcast licenses for all AZPM stations, for the benefit of the University of Arizona. More information about AZPM, including program schedules and Video-on-Demand offerings, can be found online at azpm.org.

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