The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession of electronic journalism. These are the 2021 RTDNA National Murrow Award recipients.

Please note, if you don't see a category listed below, there were no entries in that category or the judges decided there was no winner in that category.
 


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Small Market Radio

Overall Excellence

WBHM
Birmingham, AL


Breaking News Coverage

Fargo Riot
KFGO Radio
Fargo, ND


Continuing Coverage

Four Major Wildfires Engulf California’s Central Coast
90.3 KAZU
Monterey Bay Area, CA


Digital

At The Finish Line
WUFT News
Gainesville, FL


Excellence in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

KUNR and Noticiero Móvil's bilingual pandemic coverage
KUNR Public Radio, Noticiero Móvil and This Is Reno
Reno, NV


Excellence in Innovation

COVID Between the Coasts
WNIN and the University of Evansville
Evansville, IN


Excellence in Sound

High School Football Takes The Field; An Attempt At Normal During Pandemic
NET
Lincoln, NE


Excellence in Video

Despite Increasing Demand, Some W.Va. Apple Farmers Struggle
West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Charleston, WV


Excellence in Writing

'He Didn't Deserve To Die' State COVID Policy Remains As Disease Surges
South Dakota Public Broadcasting
Sioux Falls, SD


Feature Reporting

'Our Moms Have To Talk': Pocket Dial Connects Grieving Moms
Vermont Public Radio
Colchester, VT


Hard News

Fentress Released
Radio IQ/WVTF
Roanoke, VA


Investigative Reporting

From Never Again To Again: Politics Trump Environmental Concerns About Mount Rushmore Fireworks
South Dakota Public Broadcasting
Sioux Falls, SD


News Documentary

Grandfamilies of the Opioid Crisis
West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Charleston, WV


News Series

Committed: How and Why Children Became The Fastest Growing Group Under Florida's Baker Act
WFSU Public Media, Health News Florida and USC-Annenberg Center for Health Journalism
Tallahassee, FL


Newscast

Alaska News Nightly, Dec. 2, 2020
Alaska Public Media
Anchorage, AK


Podcast

Brave Little State
Vermont Public Radio
Colchester, VT


Sports Reporting

High School Football Takes The Field; An Attempt At Normal During Pandemic
NET
Lincoln, NE


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Large Market Radio

Overall Excellence

WLRN News
Miami, FL


Breaking News Coverage

Protests against the death of George Floyd and police brutality
KRLD-AM
Dallas, TX


Continuing Coverage

The pandemic's economic fallout in Oregon
OPB
Portland, OR


Digital

Texas Public Radio Digital Coverage
Texas Public Radio
San Antonio, TX


Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Shots in the Back: Exhuming the 1970 Augusta Riot
Georgia Public Broadcasting and Jessye Norman School of the Arts
Atlanta, GA


Excellence in Innovation

COVID Diaries
WDET and Documenting Detroit
Detroit, MI


Excellence in Sound

New Year's Day Music That Hasn't Been Heard in 500 Years
KQED
San Francisco, CA


Excellence in Video

Atomic Vet Goes Back To Jazz School
CT Public
Hartford, CT


Excellence in Writing

A Sarcastic Poker Player And Food Bank Volunteer: Family Remember A Kansas Citian Lost To COVID-19
KCUR 89.3
Kansas City, MO


Feature Reporting

The Godfather of Clubbing
KUT
Austin, TX


Hard News

Maryland Foster Children Stay in Hospitals Because They Have Nowhere Else To Go
WYPR 88.1 FM
Baltimore, MD


Investigative Reporting

Older and Overlooked
KQED
San Francisco, CA


News Documentary

What the President Knew
WBUR/ON POINT
Boston, MA


News Series

Dying on the Sheriff’s Watch
WBUR
Boston, MA


Newscast

Total Information AM 7 a.m., March 18, 2020
KMOX-AM
St. Louis, MO


Podcast

Motive Season 3
WBEZ Chicago
Chicago, IL


Sports Reporting

As Winter Sports Resume, Parents And Schools Face A Painful Choice
WGBH Educational Foundation
Boston, MA


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Network Radio

Overall Excellence

ABC News
New York, NY


Breaking News

COVID-19: President Trump Tests Positive
ABC News
New York, NY


Continuing Coverage

A Nation Divided
ABC News
New York, NY


Digital

The Last Surviving 'Sex Slaves' of WWII Philippines
NPR
Washington, DC


Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Black at Mizzou: Confronting race on campus
American Public Media
St. Paul, MN


Excellence in Sound

Migrants displaced by fire at Moria camp on Lesbos: 'Nobody’s life is safe here'
The World/PRX
Boston, MA


Excellence in Video

‘What To The Slave Is The Fourth Of July?’ Descendants Read Frederick Douglass’ Speech
NPR
Washington, DC


Excellence in Writing

Dave Ross
CBS News Radio
New York, NY


Feature Reporting

Coaxing Cops To Tackle Cybercrime? There's An App For That
NPR
Washington, DC


Hard News

As The Nation Chants Her Name, Breonna Taylor's Family Grieves A Life 'Robbed'
NPR
New York, NY


Investigative Reporting

Truth and Lies: Jeffrey Epstein
ABC News
New York, NY


News Documentary

At The Mercy Of The Courts
Latino USA, Documented and Type Investigations
New York, NY


News Series

Pandemic: A Nation Divided
ABC News
New York, NY


Newscast

World News Roundup, Nov. 3, 2020
CBS News Radio
New York, NY


Podcast

American Rehab
Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX
Emeryville, CA


Sports Reporting

The Lead - The Boy Who Inspired Baltimore
Wondery and The Athletic
West Hollywood, CA


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Small Market Television

Overall Excellence

WISC-TV
Madison, WI


Breaking News Coverage

Warehouse Fire
WBBH-TV
Fort Myers, FL


Continuing Coverage

Emergency in Aiken County
WRDW-TV
Augusta, GA


Digital

WBIR.com and WBIR social platforms
WBIR
Knoxville, TN


Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Breaking the Stigma: Fighting for Acceptance
WMDT
Salisbury, MD


Excellence in Innovation

One Crazy Year Virtual Museum
KVIA-TV
El Paso, TX


Excellence in Sound

On The Frontline: Honolulu EMS
Hawaii News Now
Honolulu, HI


Excellence in Video

On The Frontline: Honolulu EMS
Hawaii News Now
Honolulu, HI


Excellence in Writing

Kate Welshofer
WGRZ
Buffalo, NY


Feature Reporting

Always Get Back In The Saddle
WVLT
Knoxville, TN


Hard News

Kansas woman survives shooting, loses limbs and beats breast cancer
KSNW-TV
Wichita, KS


Investigative Reporting

Status Zero
WRDW-TV
Augusta, GA


News Documentary

The Last Supermarket
Mississippi State University Television Center
Starkville, MS


News Series

Life on a COVID floor
WDAY
Fargo, ND


Newscast

KCCI 8 News at 5:00
KCCI-TV
Des Moines, IA


Podcast

Hometown Stories Episode 4: Great American Outdoors Act
WDBJ7
Roanoke-Lynchburg, VA


Sports Reporting

Always Get Back In The Saddle
WVLT
Knoxville, TN


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Large Market Television

Overall Excellence

WBBM-TV
Chicago, IL


Breaking News Coverage

Minneapolis Unrest
KARE 11
Minneapolis, MN


Continuing Coverage

Ketamine in Colorado
KDVR-TV
Denver, CO


Digital

WWLTV.com
WWL-TV
New Orleans, LA


Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Talk
WWL-TV
New Orleans, LA


Excellence in Innovation

STOLEN: A Year-Long Investigation Into Child Sex Trafficking and Exploitation
NBC 7 San Diego
San Diego, CA


Excellence in Sound

The Art of Surviving
KUSA
Denver, CO


Excellence in Video

Holly and Greenie
KARE 11
Minneapolis, MN


Excellence in Writing

Edwards’ Writing Composite
WBBM-TV
Chicago, IL


Feature Reporting

The Boy Who Loves Cars
KOMO News
Seattle, WA


Hard News

WHITEWASHED: The Racial Cleansing of Forsyth County
WXIA-TV
Atlanta, GA


Investigative Reporting

Inspecting the Inspectors
WVUE
New Orleans, LA


News Documentary

Insight with John Ferrugia - Breakdown
Rocky Mountain PBS
Denver, CO


News Series

FIRE - POWER - MONEY: California's burning crisis and how it costs us all
KXTV-TEGNA
Sacramento, CA


Newscast

Living Through the Pandemic
WABC-TV
New York, NY


Podcast

Open Record
WITI
Milwaukee, WI


Sports Reporting

That Lovin’ Feeling
KUSA
Denver, CO


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Network Television

Overall Excellence

ABC News
New York, NY


Breaking News Coverage

Anger on the Streets of America
ABC News
New York, NY


Continuing Coverage

Say Her Name: Investigating the Death of Breonna Taylor
VICE News Tonight
Brooklyn, NY


Digital

Univision News Digital
Univision News Digital
Miami, FL


Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

ABC News: Turning Point
ABC News
New York, NY


Excellence in Innovation

The Virus at Sea
FRONTLINE
Boston, MA


Excellence in Sound

Father Soldier Son
Netflix
Los Angeles, CA


Excellence in Video

Guardians of the Amazon
ABC News
New York, NY


Excellence in Writing

On The Road, The CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell
CBS News
New York, NY


Feature Reporting

SC Featured: Fighting for Aniah
ESPN
Bristol, CT


Feature Documentary

The Social Dilemma
Netflix
Los Angeles, CA


Hard News

Life Under Bombs: On the Frontlines of Fighting in Azerbaijan
VICE News Tonight
Brooklyn, NY


Investigative Reporting

Investigation into the Poisoning of Alexey Navalny
CNN
New York, NY


News Documentary

On Assignment with Richard Engel: The Covid Frontlines
NBC News/MSNBC
New York, NY


News Series

60 Minutes: Voting During the Pandemic
CBS News
New York, NY


Newscast

America in Crisis
TODAY/NBC News
New York, N.Y.


Podcast

I’m Not A Monster
FRONTLINE, BBC Sounds, and BBC Panorama
Boston, MA


Sports Reporting

NFL Countdown: The Big Mo Show
ESPN
Briston, CT


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Small Digital News Organization

Overall Excellence

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
Washington, DC


Continuing Coverage

LIGHTS. CAMERA. VIOLENCE.
Austin American Statesman
Austin, TX


Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Hidden Burdens of Systemic Racism
KHN
Washington, DC


Excellence in Innovation

The Zo
The Marshall Project, Sharp as Knives, and Topic
New York, NY


Excellence in Sound

Protest and Poetry
Michigan State University
Okemos, MI


Excellence in Video

Bangladeshi Volunteers Bury ‘Abandoned’ COVID-19 Dead
BenarNews at Radio Free Asia
Washington, DC


Excellence in Writing

The Prison Inside Prison
Texas Observer
Austin, TX


Feature Reporting

How Los Deliveristas Unidos Banded Together
THE CITY
New York, NY


Hard News

Framing Domestic Extremism in Appalachia and Beyond
100 Days in Appalachia
Morgantown, WV


Investigative Reporting

Gag Order: How Marine Corps Culture Silenced a Victim of Sexual Assault
The War Horse News
Culpeper, VA


News Documentary

Unadopted
YR Media
Oakland, CA


Podcast

Unjustifiable
Alabama Media Group
Birmingham, AL


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Large Digital News Organization

Overall Excellence

STAT
Boston, MA


Breaking News Coverage

How a night of protest turned deadly in Kenosha
The Washington Post
Washington, DC


Continuing Coverage

Star Tribune continuing coverage of George Floyd's death
Star Tribune
Minneapolis, MN


Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

How US schools punish Black kids
Vox Media
New York, NY


Excellence in Innovation

Interactive Transcripts of Multimedia News Events
The Wall Street Journal
New York, NY


Excellence in Sound

Painkiller: America's Fentanyl Crisis - Episode 5 (Pain)
VICE Media Group and Spotify
Brooklyn, NY


Excellence in Video

An Aerial View of New York City During a Pandemic
The New Yorker
New York, NY


Excellence in Writing

Politics and Airlines in a pandemic
The Washington Post
Washington, DC


Feature Reporting

A daughter’s promise
Trib Total Media
Pittsburgh, PA


Hard News

The virus’s tale
The Boston Globe
Boston, MA


Investigative Reporting

The Imperfect Alibi: The forgotten suspect, the DNA and the church murders that haunted a detective
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Chamblee, GA


News Documentary

‘Lord Have Mercy’: Inside One of New York’s Deadliest ZIP Codes
The New York Times
New York, NY


Podcast

Canary: The Washington Post Investigates
The Washington Post
Washington, DC


Sports Reporting

Bob Costas, Kenny Stills: The NFL's patriotism was cynical. The national anthem protests were not.
The Washington Post
Washington, DC


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National Student Winners

Excellence in Podcasts

Kids Imprisoned Episode 1: The ununited state of juvenile justice
ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism


Excellence in Audio Feature Reporting

Slavery On Long Island: The History That We Forget To Remember
WSHU Public Radio
Sacred Heart University and the Stony Brook University School of Journalism


Excellence in Audio Hard News

Race Relations in the Country and Community on Minds Voters say in Your Election Blueprint
WAER
Syracuse University


Excellence in Audio Newscast

Carolina Connection, Feb. 29, 2020
Carolina Connection
University of North Carolina


Excellence in Digital Reporting

Kids Imprisoned
ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism


Excellence in Video Feature Reporting

Beyond the Finish Line
WUFT-TV
University of Florida


Excellence in Video Hard News

Child brides? North Carolina has a problem
UNC Media Hub
University of North Carolina


Excellence in Video Newscast

Berto Sanchez - Newsline Live Stream
Newsline
Brigham Young University


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