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.

The award is presented as part of the Money Matters resource on the RTDNA website. Money Matters is a tool to help journalists better cover stories about financial issues on television, radio and online.

May 5, 2020: Entries open
August 28, 2020: Extended entry deadline
October 2020: Winners are announced and present their work in a virtual Money Matters session on October 8.

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 April 1, 2019, and August 28, 2020.
  • 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**.

*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.

Money Matters Day 

October 8, 2020
Co-produced by RTDNA and the National Endowment for Financial Education

Session 1: Covering Financial Stress in the Wake of COVID-19  |   12pm ET/9am PT

Welcome: Billy J. Hensley, Ph.D. is president and CEO of the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE)


  • Sharon Epperson, named one of “12 to Watch in TV News,” can be seen regularly on CNBC television and other media platforms
  • Mark Hamrick is Washington Bureau Chief and Senior Economic Analyst for
  • Jill Schlesinger, CFP®, is the Emmy-nominated and Gracie Award Winning Business Analyst for CBS News

Session 2: 2020 Excellence in Personal Finance Reporting Award Winners |  2pm ET/11am PT

Featuring the RTDNA / NEFE Excellence in Personal Finance Reporting Award, the Money Matters session will reveal the very best in personal finance journalism from television, radio and online. 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.

Learn more and register here.


Previous winners

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