Broadcast and Digital Awards

A Black man named Jesus Gregorio Smith is sitting in a Wisconsin Public Radio studio speaking into a microphone.
Jesús Gregorio Smith records his story for the “Home Is Here” project with Wisconsin Public Radio’s Maureen McCollum in the WPR Green Bay studios on May 17, 2023. (Photo by Laura Henderson)

Work by WPR reporters, hosts, editors, producers and staff are regularly recognized by our journalism and broadcasting colleagues. Find links to award-winning WPR stories and programs below.

2023 Awards

Excellence in Journalism Awards – Milwaukee Press Club

Best Short Hard Feature Story – Audio

Gold – “Flood control dams in Driftless Area failed after catastrophic rain. Some residents say a new approach is needed.” (Hope Kirwan)

Best Short Soft Feature Story – Audio

Gold – “‘I can express myself here’: Girls Rock Camp Madison builds community through music.” (Gaby Vinick)

Best Short Hard Feature Story – Digital

Gold – “The number of older people behind bars is skyrocketing in Wisconsin and across the country.” (Sarah Lehr)

Best Short Soft Feature Story – Digital

Gold – “Part of their world: Wisconsin’s ‘Mermaid Echo’ explains the tough work of performing with a tail” (Jonah Belekis)

Best Series Reporting – Audio

Silver – “Home is Here” (Wisconsin Public Radio and The NEW News Lab)

Best Investigative Story or Series – Digital

Silver – “Wisconsin GOP official Gerard Randall questioned over no-bid contracts from Milwaukee Public Schools” (Corrinne Hess)

Best Sports Story – Digital

Bronze – “Wisconsin saw the nation’s steepest decline in football participation. Now some schools are getting creative” (Corrinne Hess)

Awards for Excellence – Wisconsin Broadcasters Association

Medium Market Radio News and Talk
Best Radio Show

1st Place “Route 51: Afghan Refugee Update, One Year Later” (Shereen Siewert, Ezra Wall)

3rd Place “Simply Superior: The Naked Truth About Boys’ Swimming In School, And Rachael Kilgour’s Tribute To Her Dad” (Robin Washington)

Best Sports Play-by-Play

2nd Place “UW-Superior Men’s Hockey vs. St. Scholastica”

Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards – Radio Television Digital News Association

Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Home is Here” (Wisconsin Life and the NEW News Lab)

Investigative Reporting

“State Reviewing Milwaukee Business’s Suspicious Use of COVID Relief Funds” (Corrinne Hess)

News Documentary

How We Got Here: Abortion in Wisconsin since 1849 “(Wisconsin Public Radio)

Excellence in Sound

“Oldest Lionel Railroad Club Chugs Along in New Berlin” (Jane Hampden)

Sports Reporting

Lifting Spirits and Honoring Ancestors: Snow Snake is Back on Madeline Island” (Danielle Kading)

The Ambies – The Podcast Academy

Best Knowledge, Science, or Tech Podcast

Nominee – “To the Best of Our Knowledge Presents Luminous