KERA Receives Back-to-Back Reporting Excellence Distinction
Date: April 25, 2016
Contact: Paul Golden 303-224-3514, firstname.lastname@example.org
DENVER—The Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), in partnership with the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE), announce that Courtney Collins and the news staff at KERA in North Texas are the recipient of this year’s Excellence in Consumer Financial Reporting Award. This marks the second year in a row for the KERA team being recognized for their reporting in the series “One Crisis Away.” PRNDI and NEFE will present the award to KERA at the PRNDI annual conference in St. Louis on June 25.
The winning entry, “One Crisis Away at the Holidays: A Tale of Two Shoppers Making Tough Decisions at the Register,” follows two individuals who have developed different strategies to stay within budget despite the stress of holiday gift-giving.
“Financial reporting is about storytelling real-life issues that everyday people endure,” says Paul Golden, director with NEFE. “This story chronicles what just a couple of people are doing to manage their personal finances, particularly during a time of year when financial decision making is easily compromised. KERA did a great job following two shoppers and sharing their tactics.”
Collins, the lead reporter of the series, graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 2004. Before joining KERA in 2011, she was a reporter for NPR member station WAMU in Washington D.C. During her time at KERA, Collins has won awards from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors, the Texas Medical Association and the Houston Press Club. She also produces the daily KERA local-news segment during NPR’s “All Things Considered.”
NEFE and PRNDI have teamed up for the second year in a row to present the financial reporting award, which aims to promote coverage of consumer personal finance. George Bodarky, president of PRNDI, says public media stations nationwide submitted a wide range of coverage.
“We’ve been pleased with our partnership with NEFE to recognize the tremendous financial reporting that is being done by public radio stations throughout the country,” Bodarky says.
About the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI)
PRNDI is a nonprofit organization that represents news directors and their staffs at public radio stations nationwide. It aims at improving local news and information providing by public radio journalists. For more information, visit www.prndi.org.