KQED Wins National Edward R. Murrow Award

KQED Science Reporter Lauren Sommer receives national recognition from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) for best use of sound in “Elephant Seal Dating Scene.”

Aarti Shahani receives regional award for writing in “High Tech and Agriculture” on KQED’s The California Report.

KQED Science reporter Lauren Sommer won the national 2014 Edward Murrow Award for best use of sound in her audio report for “On the Elephant Seal Dating Scene, It’s All About Bravado.” The story, which had also won a regional Murrow award, took a look at elephant seals breeding season on California beaches. Sommer is a radio reporter covering environment, water and energy for KQED Science. Her work has appeared on Marketplace, Living on Earth, and NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Aarti Shahani, who covers technology for NPR, was also recognized with a regional Murrow Award for writing for her story “On Immigration, High Tech and Ag Don’t Meet, Literally,” which ran as part of KQED’s statewide news service The California Report. Shahani delves into the gap that needs to be bridged between the tech and agriculture industry for the immigration reform to succeed in California.

There were over 4,000 entries for the 2014 Murrow Awards.

About KQED
KQED serves the people of Northern California with a public-supported alternative to commercial media. Home to the most listened-to public radio station in the nation, one of the highest rated public television services and a leader in interactive technology, KQED takes people of all ages on journeys of exploration — exposing them to new people, places and ideas.

About the Edward R. Murrow Awards
Since 1971, the RTDNA has been honoring excellence in electronic journalism by awarding the Edward R. Murrow Awards. The Murrow Award winners are honored for demonstrating the spirit of excellence that the late broadcaster Edward R. Murrow once made a standard for the news profession. These awards are given to the news organizations, not the individuals involved with their creation. The winning organizations receive an Edward R. Murrow Award trophy.