RTDNA-NEFE Announce 2016 Excellence in Personal Finance Reporting Award Winners

Date: August 15, 2016
Contact: Paul Golden 303-224-3514, [email protected]

2016 RTDNA Excellence in Personal Finance Award winners

L-R Ted Beck, NEFE president and CEO; Tina Martin, WGBH; Chris Vanderveen, KUSA; Jillian Berman, MarketWatch; Kathy Walker, RTDNA chair

DENVER—The National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®), in partnership with the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), is proud to announce winners of the 2016 Excellence in Personal Finance Reporting Awards. Throughout the past five years, the awards have acknowledged outstanding consumer financial reporting across radio, television and online news platforms. This year, three journalists are recognized for their achievement in the field.

Tina Martin, WGBH-FM, BostonRadio: Tina Martin, WGBH-FM, Boston

Story: Debt Collectors Have Rules Too

Martin is a reporter with PBS/NPR affiliate WGBH in Boston. Her radio reporting on the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Massachusetts won an Associated Press award in 2005. She is the first African-American in the station’s history to win the award.

Previously a news anchor in Connecticut, Martin then was chosen as a fellow for the Jacque Minnotte National Health Reporting Fellowship by the Radio Television Digital News Foundation from 2009-2010.

Chris Vanderveen, KUSA-TV, DenverTelevision: Chris Vanderveen, KUSA-TV, Denver

Series: BuyER Beware

Vanderveen is a nationally recognized investigative reporter at KUSA-TV in Denver. His storytelling style has led to national awards from the National Press Photographers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and RTDNA.

He previously worked at KGWC-TV in Casper, Wyoming, and KOAA-TV in Colorado Springs.

Jillian Berman, MarketWatch, New YorkDigital/Online: Jillian Berman, MarketWatch, New York

Series: Student Debt Crisis Coverage

Berman covers higher education for MarketWatch, with a focus on the nation’s $1.3 trillion in student debt and its effects on students, their families and the economy. MarketWatch is one of only a few financial news organizations with a reporter dedicated to the subject.

Berman has written news, features and essays relevant to these topics, also contributing to interactive and visual features and MarketWatch podcasts.

“It’s exciting each year to see the exceptional reporting that journalists across the country produce on consumer finance issues,” says Ted Beck, president and CEO of NEFE. “We are honored through our partnership with RTDNA to showcase and celebrate this important work.”

Each winner receives a $1,000 prize and a trip to New Orleans for the 2016 Excellence in Journalism convention—the national gathering of RTDNA, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Native American Journalists Association. The RTDNA/NEFE Excellence in Personal Finance Reporting Awards are presented in connection with Money Matters, a resource developed through the partnership between NEFE and RTDNA to help journalists better cover stories about financial issues.

For a list of previous winners and more about the RTDNA/NEFE Excellence in Personal Finance Reporting Award, visit www.rtdna.org/content/nefe_award

About the Radio Television Digital News Association

RTDNA is the world’s largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. RTDNA represents local and network journalists in broadcasting, cable and other electronic media in more than 30 countries. For more, visit www.rtdna.org.

PRNDI Excellence in Personal Finance Reporting 2016 Award Winner

Courtney Collins of KERA in DallasIn June, NEFE and the Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI) recognized Courtney Collins of KERA in Dallas with the public radio Excellence in Personal Finance Reporting Award at the PRNDI conference in St. Louis.

Collins and her team won for One Crisis Away at the Holidays: A Tale of Two Shoppers Making Tough Decisions at the Register, which follows two individuals with different strategies to stay within budget despite the stress of holiday gift-giving.


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