NEFE, RTDNA Announce Winners of 2014 Excellence in Personal Finance Reporting Awards

Date: September 5, 2014
 Paul Golden 303-224-3514, [email protected]

NEFE and RTDNS Honorees
Left to Right: Paddy Hirsch, Laurie Cipriano, Alisa Parenti and NEFE CEO Ted Beck

DENVER—The National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) and the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) are proud to announce the winners of the 2014 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, three winners have been recognized for their outstanding work.

Radio: Alisa Parenti, MarketWatch Radio Network, New York

Series: Housing on Fire

Parenti is a broadcast correspondent at MarketWatch Radio Network, where she provides custom live reports for top stations in Chicago, Boston and Denver. She also is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, teaching courses in journalism and storytelling. Parenti recently was honored with Dateline Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Television: Laurie Cipriano, KUSA-TV, Denver

Story: What it Costs You to Use Cash in America

Cipriano is an Emmy Award-nominated business reporter and producer at KUSA-TV in Denver. She was the 2012 first place winner for best general reporting from the Colorado Associated Press Broadcasters Association. Before Denver, Cipriano worked at KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs.

Online: Paddy Hirsch, Marketplace AM, Los Angeles

Series: Marketplace Whiteboards

Hirsch is a senior editor at Marketplace. He is author of the book Man vs. Markets: Economics Explained, Pure and Simple, and spearheaded Marketplace’s financial markets coverage throughout the financial crisis. He was awarded a Knight Fellowship at Stanford University in 2010.

“Now in our third year, response to the RTDNA/NEFE Excellence in Personal Finance Reporting Awards continues to exceed our expectations,” says Ted Beck, president and CEO of NEFE. “There is excellent reporting that focuses on consumer finance issues and we are very pleased to partner with RTDNA to showcase the best of that work.”

Each winner receives a $1,000 prize and complimentary registration and travel accommodations to the 2014 Excellence in Journalism convention—the national gathering of RTDNA and the Society of Professional Journalists in Nashville, Tenn. The RTDNA/NEFE Excellence in Personal Finance Reporting Award is presented in connection with the Money Matters financial reporting resource, a tool developed through a partnership between NEFE and RTDNA to help journalists better cover stories about financial issues.

Read more about the RTDNA/NEFE Excellence in Personal Finance Reporting Award by visiting and clicking on Awards.

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



  • Paul Golden

    Media Relations Director

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