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Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Awards

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KERA's Stella M. Chávez has won an award for Excellence in Radio or Podcast Religion Reporting. Her reporting on the prayer room used by Muslim students at Liberty High School in Frisco, part of the series “Race, Poverty and the Changing Face of Schools,” earned third-place honors from the Religion News Association.

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KERA's Lauren Silverman has won the inaugural Hugh Aynesworth Award for radio investigative reporting from the Press Club of Dallas. That brings the station's 2017 award total to 41 -- including its first-ever national Edward R. Murrow Award.

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KERA won five awards from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. -- the station's best-ever performance in public radio's premiere national contest. The station also took home four Lone Star Awards from the Houston Press Club.

That brings KERA's award count for this year to 29 -- another record.

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KERA News collected a half-dozen trophies last weekend, these from the Houston Press Club's Lone Star Awards. That brings the station's total award haul this year to 21 -- including second place for best newscast among large stations nationally from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. Here's a rundown of the station's awards this year.

The State Integrity Investigation – a 50-state project that KERA was part of last year – has won a national Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting from the Radio Television Digital News Association.

It's the latest honor in a record year of 14 awards for the station's news team, which also earned three regional Murrow awards, six from the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Association and four Anson Jones, MD, Awards from the Texas Medical Association.