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KERA Wins 29 Awards In 2016, Including 5 Top Public Radio Honors

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.

Here's a wrap-up of the winners:

Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI)

KERA collected three first-place awards and two seconds in competition with the country's largest stations. In all, Texas stations won 13 PRNDI awards -- including six for Marfa Public Radio among the smallest stations. The annual PRNDI awards dinner was hosted in St. Louis by NPR newscaster Korva Coleman. 

Houston Press Club

KERA earned four Lone Star Awards from the Houston Press Club:

National Press Photographers Association

Videographer Thorne Anderson won best-short honors in the quarterly multimedia contest of the National Press Photographers Association. The video, part of the series One Crisis Away: Rebuilding A Life, focused on one of the victims of the Christmas-weekend tornadoes that tore through Garland and Rowlett. Single mom Jennifer Anderson had already rebuilt her life before: After her husband's suicide, she and her two toddlers moved to Texas. Then the storm hit.","_id":"00000174-20e0-d47e-a1f7-72e5a2ed0000","_type":"035d81d3-5be2-3ed2-bc8a-6da208e0d9e2"}">" style="display: inline !important; height: 28px; margin-top: 18px; text-overflow: ellipsis; font-size: 23.98px; letter-spacing: 1px; white-space: nowrap; overflow: hidden; outline: 0px; color: rgb(255, 255, 255); transition: color 0.1s cubic-bezier(0.4, 0, 1, 1); font-family: Roboto, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; text-align: center; background-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8);" target="_blank">","_id":"00000174-20e0-d47e-a1f7-72e5a2ed0000","_type":"035d81d3-5be2-3ed2-bc8a-6da208e0d9e2"}">

Texas Medical Association's Anson Jones, MD, Awards

KERA won three awards, two of them for Lauren Silverman, the station's health/science/technology reporter. The awards were presented at the station's studios by Dr. Debbie Fuller of the TMA.

Headliners Foundation of Texas

The station collected two honors at ceremonies in Austin on April 9:

  • Charles E. Green Award (finalist) – The Art&Seek project “Stagger Lee: Making A Musical” was a finalist for the Green Award, which is given every year to the best work by Texas journalists – print, broadcast or digital.
  • Showcase Award For Enterprise And Innovation In Journalism (finalist) – The series “One Crisis Away At The Holidays” was named a finalist for the Showcase Award, which honors “outstanding professional Texas-based news providers—print, broadcast or digital—that distribute at least monthly and make a significant impact on government, public policy or the conduct of a business, nonprofit or other organization.”

The statewide public radio newsmagazine, Texas Standard, was the only other radio finalist for the Showcase Award. Texas Standard, which originates from KUT in Austin, is co-produced by KERA, Houston Public Media and Texas Public Radio in San Antonio.
Texas Associated Press Broadcasters

KERA's 14 TAPB awards were a record number for the station. That includes four first-place awards, eight seconds and two honorable mentions. Here are the station's winners: