Best of the Best: NHPR Wins National Murrow Award for Overall Excellence

Jun 19, 2018


New Hampshire Public Radio is the Small Market Radio winner for “Overall Excellence” in this year’s national Edward R. Murrow Awards competition.

This year’s National Murrow Awards recognize 89 local and network radio, television and digital news organizations – from more than 4400 entries across the country. Edward R. Murrow was the longtime CBS newsman famed for his World War II-era broadcasts from Blitz-era London and for his critical questioning of Senator Joseph McCarthy during the 1950s.

The Overall Excellence award looks at the full breadth and depth of what a news organization is producing on a daily basis: newscasts, breaking news, continuing coverage, features reporting, and digital and online presence. NHPR was also named the Small Market Radio National Overall Excellence winner in 2017, and 2015.

“As a news organization, we are constantly striving to do more, and do better – from producing special in-depth series and specials, to widening our beat reporting, to covering the most timely topics via our newscasts and talk shows,” said Dan Barrick, News Director at NHPR. “We are immensely gratified that our ongoing efforts to cover the people, places and issues impacting New Hampshire - in the most innovative, ethical and thorough fashion - is earning us acknowledgement on the national stage.” 

According to an RTDNA press release:

“Winning an RTDNA National Edward R. Murrow Award means that a news organization has provided exemplary public service to its viewers, listeners and readers. These honorees truly represent the very best in broadcast and digital journalism around the world” – Dan Shelley, RTDNA Executive Director.

Among other category winners, CBS News earned Overall Excellence citations in both the network radio and network television categories. NPR won the most awards at the national level this year, including accolades for Continuing Coverage, Excellence in Social Media, Excellence in Sound, Excellence in Hard News, and News Documentary. New Hampshire Public Radio is an NPR member station, broadcasting Morning Edition All Things Considered, and other NPR content to NHPR listeners.

“Through our now completed Innovation Campaign – NHPR, its Board and its staff, made the commitment to invest in people, equipment, and initiatives to ensure NHPR continues to progress as a vibrant and trusted news organization,” said Betsy Gardella, President & CEO of NHPR. “Winning this award and others at the national and regional levels are firm indicators that our strategy in news investment is paying off. I am immensely proud of what our newsroom staff is accomplishing, and grateful for all NHPR staff who play a part in this endeavor. It’s a privilege that our supporters and listeners throughout New Hampshire trust in our mission and continue to support us.” 

To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful.” – Edward R. Murrow, in a famous quote about journalism.

Follow this link to NHPR’s winning submission.


About NHPR

Since 1981, NHPR has shaped the media landscape in the Granite State and beyond. Our mission is “Expanding minds, sparking connections, building stronger communities.” NHPR is broadcast from 14 different sites, making it by far New Hampshire’s largest (and only) statewide radio news service. Every week, NHPR is the choice of more than 170,000 listeners as a primary source of in-depth and intelligent news coverage, with thousands more viewing and NHPR social media sites. Each day, New Hampshire Public Radio delivers several hours of local news reported by its award-winning news team. Locally-produced programs include The Exchange, Word of Mouth, The Folk Show, Outside/In, Civics 101, and numerous podcasts. NHPR is the exclusive outlet for NPR News in the Granite State and broadcasts national weekly programs such as The Moth Radio Hour, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, and This American Life.