2012 National RTDNA/UNITY Award Winners Announced

For Immediate Release: June 28, 2012
Contact: Ryan Murphy, ryanm@rtdna.org

WASHINGTON – The Radio Television Digital News Association and UNITY: Journalists of Color announced on Thursday six winners of the 2012 RTDNA/UNITY awards, which honor outstanding television, radio and online journalism focused on diversity.

“We’re very pleased to sponsor this important award to recognize outstanding work in diversity coverage,” RTDNA Executive Director Mike Cavender.  “The entries in this year’s competition were outstanding and provide excellent examples for all newsrooms.”

In the television category, CNN was awarded for its entry, “Blacks in America: The New Promise Land - Silicon Valley.” KABC-TV in Glendale, Calif. was awarded for, “Witness: American Heroesand Syracuse News 21 in Syracuse, NY was awarded for, “E! Nuevo Normal.

In the radio category, PRI/WNYC-AM/FM/Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen was awarded for its entry, Secrets of a Blonde Bombshell. WFDD-FM in Winton Salem, NC was awarded for the piece, I Am American, I Am Muslimand WVPS-FM in Colchester, VT was awarded for its Vermont Reads: To Kill a Mockingbird entry.

The RTDNA/UNITY award is part of the covenant the association has adopted with UNITY: Journalists of Color, to achieve diversity in the newsroom through developing news content and editorial staffs that reflect the changing face of communities. The award has been presented since 1999.

About UNITY

UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc. is a strategic alliance advocating fair and accurate news coverage about people of color, and aggressively challenging the industry to staff its organizations at all levels to reflect the nation's diversity.

About RTDNA

RTDNA is the world's largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. RTDNA represents local and network journalists in broadcasting, cable and other electronic media in more than 30 countries.