Money Matters

The Radio Television Digital News Association and the National Endowment for Financial Education work together to honor the very best in personal finance reporting.

May 24, 2021: Entries open
July 22, 2021: Entry deadline
Deadline Extended! - July 29, 2021
September 23-24, 2021: RTDNA21 Money Matters Session

Entry Parameters
Winning entries will:

  • Be submitted by a television or radio broadcast outlet or online news operation. Broadcast entries may also have appeared on the station's website. Submissions from corporate website blogs or non-news related sites will not be considered. 
  • Be focused on an aspect of personal finance.
  • Demonstrate keen understanding and clear presentation of a newsworthy financial topic.
  • Exhibit an obvious commitment to educating and empowering news consumers to consistently make healthy, educated financial decisions.
  • Show an exceptionally creative approach to research, story gathering, using sources, and reporting.
  • Set a standard as industry-leading financial journalism.

Award Rules

  • Entries must have aired on TV, radio or online between August 29, 2020 and July 22, 2021.
  • Entries may not be longer than 10 minutes in length.
  • Entries must be uploaded to an external site (YouTube, Vimeo, etc. with no password required) or hosted via an external URL (your station’s site, for example), which will be provided to RTDNA/NEFE in the application.
Winners will receive a $1,000 prize*, invitation to participate in Money Matters panel at RTDNA21 in Denver**.

*The award will be presented to the individual entrant listed on the application, not to a station or news organization.
**Entrants must agree that, if chosen as a winner and they CANNOT participate in the Money Matters session, they will forfeit the prize and an alternate winner will be chosen.

The fee per entry is is $25 for RTDNA members and $50 for non-members.

For any questions about the award, please contact Kate McGarrity.


Previous winners

Radio - Stephannie Stokes, Reporter, WABE 90.1 FM, Atlanta's NPR station, As Property Values Rise In Atlanta, So Does The Exploitation Of Black Homeowners​
Online - Robert Powell, Retirement Columnist, MarketWatch, How to pay for healthcare costs in retirement​
Television - Chris Chmura, Consumer Investigative Reporter, KNTV-TV / NBC Bay Area, How To: Make Savvier Financial Decisions​

Radio - Brandon McDermott, Morning Edition Host/News Reporter, NET - University of Nebraska, Nebraska Schools Tackle Financial Literacy
Online - Jeff Kauflin, Staff Writer; Antoine Gara, Associate Editor; Sergei Klebnikov, Reporter; and John Dobosz, Editor, Forbes Divident Investor and Forbes Premium Income Report, Forbes, The Inside Story of Robinhood's Billionaire Founders, Option Kid Cowboys and the Wall Street Sharks That Feed on Them
Television - Brad Edwards, CBS2 Investigator and Main Anchor, WBBM-TV, Getting Hosed: Chicago Water, A Bungled Bureaucracy

Radio - Tracy Samilton, Energy and Transportation Reporter/Producer, Michigan RadioWhy the Funeral Rule is one of the least-known consumer protection laws in the country
Online - Casey Bond, Lifestyle Reporter, HuffPost, MLMs Are A Nightmare For Women And Everyone They Know
Television - Chris Vanderveen, Investigative Reporter, KUSA, Lien on Me

Radio - Jill Schlesinger, CBS News Business Analyst, CBS News Radio Network, Jill on Money
Online - Susannah Snider, Personal Finance Editor, U.S News & World Report, The Problem With PLUS: How Parents Buckle Under the Weight of College Debt
Television - Jason Wheeler, Anchor/Reporter, WFAA-TV, Is It Worth It: Property Values & Taxes

Radio - Leoneda Inge, WUNC NC Public Radio Chapel Hill, NC - Black Bank Movement, Fad or Here to Stay
Online - Richard Eisenberg, PBS Next Avenue St. Paul, MN - Sorry, Nobody Wants Your Parents' Stuff
Television - Michelle Mortensen and Sarita Kichok, KLAS-TV - Las Vegas, NV - On Your Side: Saving You Time & Money

Award winners talk about their stories:


Radio - Tina Martin, WGBH-FM Boston - Debt Collectors
Online - Jillian Berman, MarketWatch - Student Debt
Television - Chris Vanderveen, KUSA-TV Denver - Buyer Beware

Award winners talk about their stories:



Radio - Courtney Collins, KERA-FM Dallas  - One Crisis Away: Inside a Neighborhood
Online - Melanie Hicken and Blake Ellis, CNN Atlanta  - The Secret World of Government Debt Collection
Television - Michelle Mortensen and Sarita Kichok, KLAS-TV Las Vegas, Nevada -  8 On Your Side Consumer Series

Award winners talk about their stories:


Radio - Alisa Parenti, MarketWatch Radio - Series: Housing on Fire
Online - Paddy Hirsch, Marketplace - Series: Marketplace Whiteboards
Television - Laurie Cipriano - Story: What it costs you to use cash in America

Award winners talk about their stories:


Radio - Uri Berliner, Senior Editor, National Public Radio - Series: Dollar for Dollar
Online - Blake Ellis, Personal Finance Writer, - Series: Financial challenges facing same-sex couples
Television - Don Dare, Reporter, WATE-TV Knoxville, TN - Series: 6 On Your Side


Radio - Tess Vigeland, Reporter, Marketplace - Story: From heavy industry to intensive care
Online - Andrea Coombes, Personal Finance Writer, MarketWatch - Story: With 401(k) disclosure, some fees still hidden
Television - Lorrie Taylor, Reporter, Fox8 Cleveland - Series: The perfect score