RTDNA/NEFE 2013 Award winners announced

August 7, 2013 11:00

RTDNA and NEFE Announce Winners of the
2013 Personal Finance Reporting Award


WASHINGTON The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) proudly announce the winners of the 2013 RTDNA/NEFE Award for Personal Finance Reporting. As part of the two organizations' ongoing efforts to encourage radio, television and online news outlets to report on personal finance issues, three winners have been chosen for their outstanding work. They are:

Radio: Uri Berliner, Senior Editor, National Public Radio
Series: Dollar for Dollar

Uri Berliner has been with NPR since 1999 and has supervised and edited much of NPR's work on the financial crisis, the auto industry, energy and the workplace. Berliner has helped to build Planet Money, a prizewinnng multimedia team that covers the global economy. He has been a Neiman Fellow at Harvard and won an Edward R. Murrow award in 2008 for his reporting on the Olympic Games in Beijing.

Online: Blake Ellis, Personal Finance Writer, CNNMoney.com
Series: Financial Challenges Facing Same-Sex Couples

Blake Ellis is a personal finance writer at CNNMoney in New York. Her same-sex marriage coverage earned her a first place Excellence in Online Journalism Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association this year. She has also received awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and the Newswomen’s Club of New York. Ellis joined CNNMoney in 2009.

Television: Don Dare, 6 On Your Side Reporter, WATE-TV - Knoxville, TN
Series: Debt Issues, Options and Answers

Don Dare has been reporting for more than 40 years, including stints in Nashville, St. Louis and Miami, and has been at WATE-TV in Knoxville since 1996. He is a member of the NATAS Silver Circle and has won numerous awards from many organizations including the National Press Club, SPJ, and has won the Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting.

Each winner receives a $1000 cash prize and will co-present a training seminar entitled Excellence in Financial Reporting: How Award-Winning Journalists Get it Done at Excellence in Journalism 2013, the national convention of RTDNA, the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, August 24-26 in Anaheim, California. The winners will break down their award-winning submissions and share the key reporting tools and best practices they used to add depth to their reporting. Audience members will walk away from the session with several ways to creatively approach their reporting and make comprehensive topics more digestible to viewers and listeners.

About NEFE

The National Endowment for Financial Education provides financial education and practical information to people at all financial stages. NEFE believes that regardless of background or income level more financially informed individuals are better able to take control of their circumstances, improve their quality of life, and ensure a more stable future for themselves and their families.


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