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WAMU Awards

WAMU's newsroom has won dozens of awards from numerous prestigious organizations. We're proud to be consistent competitors every year in a variety of categories.

Awarded in 2015

WAMU 88.5

Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association

Outstanding News Series
Metro Connection, "The Next Hit: The Heroin Epidemic in Washington"

Outstanding Documentary
Kavitha Cardoza, "Breaking Ground: Military Children"

Outstanding News Team of the Year 
WAMU-FM

Outstanding Use of Sound
Jacob Fenston, "Marion Barry, Beloved and Polarizing Legend of D.C. Politics, Dies at 78"

Outstanding Enterprise Reporting
Patrick Madden, "The Cost of D.C. Council's Power Over Contracts"

Outstanding Feature or Human Interest Story
Matthew Schwartz, "Woman Rebuilds Her Life" 

Outstanding Public Affairs Program or Series
The Kojo Nnamdi Show, "D.C. Candidate Forums"

WRAU 88.3

Outstanding News Series
Bryan Russo and Tara Boyle, "Are Foreign Students Being Exploited By Coastal Businesses?"

Outstanding Use of Sound
Matthew Schwartz, Bryan Russo and Tara Boyle, "The Coast's Singing and Praying Bands"

Outstanding Documentary
Bryan Russo and Tara Boyle, "Ocean City Ramps Up for a Four-Month Party"

Outstanding Reporter
Bryan Russo 

National Coalition for Literacy

Literacy Leadership Award — Adult Education and Literacy Reporting
Kavitha Cardoza, Special Correspondent

The Society of News Design

Award of Excellence — Small Division
Website Design — The Diane Rehm Show and The Kojo Nnamdi Show

American Immigration Council

Immigrant Achievement Award
Armando Trull, Senior Reporter

Awarded in 2014

WAMU 88.5

Society of Professional Journalists - Washington DC

Investigative Journalism, Radio
Patrick Madden & Julie Patel, "Deals for Developers"

Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association

Outstanding Spot News
"Shooting on Capitol Hill"

Outstanding Specialty Reporting
Martin Di Caro, "Transportation in the D.C. Region"

Outstanding Documentary/In-Depth Reporting
Kavitha Cardoza and Tara Boyle, "Yesterday's Dropouts"

Outstanding Enterprise Reporting
Patrick Madden & Julie Patel, "Deals for Developers"

Outstanding Public Affairs Program or Series 
Metro Connection: Shaw

Outstanding Feature Human Interest Story
Jacob Fenston, "Mother Copes With Loss of Child by Educating Others"

Outstanding News Operation of the Year
WAMU 88.5

AAJA Gannett Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism

Patrick Madden & Julie Patel, "Deals for Developers"

Edward R. Murrow Awards (Large Market Radio) - Radio Television Digital News Association

News Documentary
Metro Connection: Shaw

News Series
Rebecca Blatt, Tara Boyle, Matt Bush, Michael Pope, "Aging and Abuse"

Use of Sound
Jacob Fenston, "How the 1968 Riots Shaped Shaw"

Website
wamu.org

Education Writers Association National Awards for Education Reporting

Investigative Reporting - Broadcast
Tara Boyle and Kavitha Cardoza, "Yesterday's Dropouts"

National Headliner Awards

Radio Stations News Series
Patrick Madden and Julie Patel, "Deals for Developers"

Society of American Business Editors and Writers

Radio/TV Best Series or Investigative 
Patrick Madden, Julie Patel and Meymo Lyons, "Deals for Developers"

WRAU 88.3

Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association

Outstanding News Series
Bryan Russo, "Heroin on the Coast"

Outstanding Public Affairs Program or Series
Coastal Connection

Outstanding Enterprise Reporting
"Berlin Residents Rally for Pedestrian Safety"

Outstanding Sports Feature
"Boxing Coach Keeps Kids Off Streets"

Best Reporter
Bryan Russo

Edward R. Murrow Awards (Small Market Radio) - Radio Television Digital News Association

Sports Reporting
Bryan Russo, "Boxing Coach Works to Keep Kids off the Street"

Awarded in 2013

WAMU 88.5

Edward R. Murrow Awards (Large Market Radio) - Radio Television Digital News Association

Regional Award for News Documentary
Kavitha Cardoza, "American Graduate: Fighting the Odds" 

Regional Award for Feature Reporting
Sabri Ben-Achour, "Snakehead Appears On Local Bride's Menu" 

Regional Award for Use of Sound
Sabri Ben-Achour, "Why We Love Music: A Harmonica-Playing Elephant Explains" 

Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association Awards

Outstanding Public Affairs Program
Rebecca Sheir, Tara Boyle, Kavitha Cardoza, Emily Berman, Jonathan Wilson, Sabri Ben-Achour, Martin Di Caro, "Metro Connection: Survival"

Outstanding Specialty Reporter
Sabri Ben-Achour

Outstanding Documentary/In-Depth Reporting
Kavitha Cardoza, "D.C. Youth and HIV"

Outstanding Enterprise Reporting
Patrick Madden, "Suspicious Money Orders Tied To D.C. Lawmakers"

Outstanding Coverage of Continuing Story
Martin Di Caro, "Building the $6 Million Silver Line"

Outstanding News Series
Rebecca Blatt, Jonathan Wilson, Matt Laslo, "Federal Spending and the D.C. Area"

Outstanding Use Of Sound
Rebecca Sheir, "Library of Congress Preserves a Treasure Trove Underground"

Outstanding Feature Human Interest Story
Rebecca Sheir, "D.C.'s 'Marathon Man' of Jazz Celebrates a Lifetime of Making Music" 

Education Writers Association

First Prize, Investigative Reporting, Broadcast Category
Kavitha Cardoza and Ginger Moored, "American Graduate"

Special Citation, Investigative Reporting
Kavitha Cardoza, "Homeless College Students Cope With Needing A Home Over Winter Break"

Virginia Association for Early Childhood Education

Media Journalist Award
Kavitha Cardoza  "The Heavy Burden Of Obesity"

National Association of School Nurses

Media Award
Kavitha Cardoza

WRAU 88.3

Edward R. Murrow Awards (Small Market Radio) - Radio Television Digital News Association

Regional Award for Feature Reporting
Bryan Russo, "Homeless in Hobo Woods"

Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association Awards

Outstanding Feature Human Interest Story
Bryan Russo, "Homeless in Hobo Woods" 

Outstanding Sports Feature
Bryan Russo, "An Angler's Ambition: Winning the White Marlin Open" 

Outstanding Spot News
Bryan Russo, "In the Midst Of Super Storm Sandy"

Outstanding Public Affairs
Tara Boyle and Bryan Russo, "Coastal Connection: Livin' The Dream"

Outstanding Coverage of a Continuing Story
Bryan Russo,  "Crisfield Struggles to Recover from Super Storm Sandy"

Best Reporter
Bryan Russo

Award Pages For WAMU 88.5's Programs

The Diane Rehm Show
The Kojo Nnamdi Show 

NPR

Chasing Food Dreams Across U.S., Nigerian Chef Tests Immigration System

Tunde Wey wanted to share the food of his West African childhood. So he crossed the U.S. by bus, hosting pop-up dinners along the way. But Wey, like many immigrants, found success can unravel quickly.
NPR

Why Sit-Down Meals May Be Just As Unhealthful As Fast Food

Fast-food restaurants are often demonized as the epitome of unhealthfulness. But a study suggests sit-down joints may be no better when it comes to sodium, saturated fat and the risk of overeating.
WAMU 88.5

New Challenges To Recycling In The United States

Falling commodity prices are putting a squeeze on American recycling companies. What this means for cities, counties and the future of recycling programs in the United States.

WAMU 88.5

UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski

The president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, chats about the future of higher education — and what he's doing to steer African-American students into science, technology, engineering and mathematics.