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KERA News Adds 6 Trophies To Award Shelf; That's 21 in 2014


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.

Lone Star Awards (a statewide competition sponsored by the Houston Press Club)

Public Radio News Directors Inc. Awards (a national competition among public radio stations)

Edward R. Murrow Awards (Radio Television Digital News Association honors for the Texas-Oklahoma region)

Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Awards (a statewide competition with commercial and public radio stations)

Texas Medical Association Anson Jones, MD, Awards (a statewide competition with TV, radio and print; KERA won five awards in all, most of any media organization in Texas)

Rick Holter was KERA's vice president of news. He oversaw news coverage on all of KERA's platforms – radio, digital and television. Under his leadership, KERA News earned more than 200 local, regional and national awards, including the station's first two national Edward R. Murrow Awards. He and the KERA News staff were also part of NPR's Ebola-coverage team that won a George Foster Peabody Award, broadcasting's highest honor.