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KBIA Wins Murrow Award For Second Year in a Row

May 6, 2013

The Mizzou Advantage-funded “Health, Wealth & Society” desk has won another prestigious Murrow award from the RTDNA, for “news documentary.”

KBIA News received a total of four regional Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association. The awards went to work produced by several in-depth collaborative “desks” that KBIA has created to provide in-depth reporting on a range of “beats” – including the Health & Wealth desk funded by Mizzou Advantage, the Harvest Public Media desk, and the Columbia Faith & Values ( desk produced with Religion News Service. KBIA reporters Kellie Kotraba, Abbie Fentress Swanson, Jacob Fenston, and Scott Pham were key producers in garnering the recognition.

The KBIA news team was honored in the following categories:

Reporting: Hard News – for “Muslims Receive Interfaith Support after Mosque Fire,” by producer Kellie Kotraba and the Columbia Faith & Values ( desk

Continuing Coverage – for “Drought 2012” reporting by producer Abbie Fentress Swanson and Harvest Public Media

News Documentary – for “The end of a lead-laced era: polluting smelter to close after 120 years” by producer Jacob Fenston and the Mizzou Advantage funded “Health, Wealth & Society” desk

Website – for KBIA’s digital news coverage, led by KBIA Content Director Scott Pham, at

The Health, Wealth and Society Desk was initially funded by a $50,000 Mizzou Advantage seed grant in 2011 and received a $25,000 supplemental award in 2012. It brings together important research and resources from campus experts and beyond, utilizing data analysis and computer-assisted reporting expertise, combined with the new-media know-how of partners, to provide interactive, engaging information and dialogue on air, online and in the community. Through produced series, panel discussions, public forums and community outreach on air, online and in public spaces, the reporting documents the effects of place, ethnicity and socioeconomic status on individual and family health, wealth and quality of life in mid-Missouri communities.

KBIA was also honored with Murrow Awards in 2012.  The Murrow Awards are named for late, famed broadcaster Edward R. Murrow. They are awarded through the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) every year to honor excellence in electronic news.