Montana Public Radio Wins Regional Murrow, Associated Press Awards

May 29, 2020

MISSOULA – Reporting from the University of Montana’s Montana Public Radio has garnered top journalism awards again, as MTPR’s latest honors include a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award and five awards from the Associated Press Television and Radio Association. 

“These awards are a testament to the hard work that MTPR’s news team puts in every day,” MTPR digital editor Josh Burnham said. “We’re proud to be recognized by our peers for the important public service and investigative work our reporters are doing.”

Murrow Awards are the embodiment of the values and principles set forth by Edward R. Murrow, a journalism pioneer who set the standards for the highest-quality broadcast journalism. They’re among the most respected awards in journalism.

The Regional Murrow award-winning story was an investigative report by MTPR News Director Corin Cates-Carney, who dug through hundreds of reports to determine how much money lobbyists reported spending to influence lawmakers during Montana’s 2019 legislative session. It is available online at https://bit.ly/2zMn6pq.

The Associated Press also honored Cates-Carney with a “Best Public Service” award. His story about Montana political candidates who failed to properly report their Facebook ad spending additionally won first place for “Best Investigative Reporting.”

Reporter Aaron Bolton also was recognized for “Best Public Service” reporting for his story on alleged labor violations at a Columbia Falls fast food restaurant run by a church ministry.

Nora Saks and Nick Mott were honored for “Best Documentary” for their work on MTPR’s podcast “Richest Hill,” which explores the past, present and future of Butte. The podcast is online at https://buttepodcast.org/.

Burnham received a “Best Digital Presence” award for his work on MTPR’s website and online channels.

Montana Public Radio is a service of UM. MTPR FM broadcast stations include 89.1 Missoula (KUFM); 91.5 Missoula, city (K218AI); 91.9 Hamilton (KUFN); 89.5 Polson (KPJH); 90.1 Kalispell, Whitefish, North Valley (KUKL); 90.5 Libby (KUFL); 91.7 Kalispell, city (K219BN); 101.3 Swan Lake (K267BJ); 91.3 Butte (KAPC); 91.7 Helena (KUHM); 91.7 Dillon (K219DN); and 89.9 Great Falls (KGPR). Visit www.mtpr.org for Montana news, arts and music.

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Contact: Josh Burnham, MTPR digital editor, 406-243-4203, joshua.burnham@umontana.edu.