RTDNA-NEFE Announce 2017 Excellence in Personal Finance Reporting Award Winners

Date: August 14, 2017
Contact: Paul Golden 303-224-3514, [email protected]

DENVER—The National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®), in partnership with the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), proudly announce winners of the 2017 RTDNA/NEFE Excellence in Personal Finance Reporting Awards. As part of the two organizations’ ongoing efforts to encourage radio, television and online news outlets to report on personal finance issues, winners from three newsrooms have been chosen for their outstanding work.

Leoneda Inge

Radio: Leoneda Inge, WUNC Public Radio, Chapel Hill, NC
Black Bank Movement, Fad or Here to Stay

Inge is WUNC’s race and southern culture reporter. She is the first public radio journalist in the South to hold such a position, which explores modern and historical constructs to tell stories of poverty and wealth, health and food culture, education and racial identity. Her winning entry looked at the phenomenon of black-owned financial institutions and their recent growth.

Michelle Mortensen

Sarita Kichok 

Television: Michelle Mortensen and Sarita Kichok, KLAS-TV, Las Vegas, NV
On Your Side: Saving You Time & Money

Mortensen and Kichok focus on consumer news. Each week, they help viewers solve problems, get their money back when they’ve been ripped off, and warn about the biggest scams in the area. Their winning entry included examples of their work over the past year. This is the second RTDNA/NEFE award for Mortensen and Kichok.

Richard Eisenberg
Digital/Online: Richard Eisenberg, PBS Next Avenue, St. Paul, MN
Sorry, Nobody Wants Your Parents' Stuff

Eisenberg is senior web editor of the Money & Security and Work & Purpose channels of Next Avenue. He also is managing editor for the site. His winning entry focused on advice for boomers desperate to unload family heirlooms.

Each winner receives a $1,000 and will co-present a session at Excellence in Journalism 2017, the national convention of RTDNA, the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, September 7-9, in Anaheim, California.

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. Founded as a grassroots organization in 1946, RTDNA works to protect the rights of electronic journalists throughout the country, promotes ethical standards in the industry, provides members with training and education and honors outstanding work in the profession through the Edward R. Murrow Awards. For more, visit www.rtdna.org.


  • Paul Golden

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