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CBC Edmonton wins 4 national RTDNA awards

CBC Edmonton won four national awards from the Radio Television and Digital News Association (RTDNA) on Saturday for in-depth stories that explore the city’s diversity.

Awards recognize excellence in Canadian broadcast industry

Mike Lacourciere wipes away his daughter's tears during an interview for an award winning story at the CBC Edmonton studio. (Rick Bremness/CBC)

CBC Edmonton won four national awards from the Radio Television and Digital News Association (RTDNA) on Saturday for in-depth stories that explore the city's diversity.

The RTDNA awards are the most prestigious for broadcast in the country. They were presented Saturday night at a gala in Toronto. 

"What an incredible night for an incredible newsroom," said managing editor Gary Cunliffe.  "I want to thank the RTDNA for recognizing and honouring CBC Edmonton's range and depth of story telling."

Reporter Janice Johnston won the Adrienne Clarkson diversity award for her radio story, "Death by Patricide," about the trial of a 13-year-old boy who deliberately shot and killed his father.

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Andrea Huncar won the Adrienne Clarkson diversity award for "Stopped For Being Aboriginal," a series of online stories about the Edmonton Police Service's practice of carding or randomly checking identification.

Marion Warnica won an award for in-depth and investigative online and multiplatform work, for "Deadly Secrets: Canada's EMS Crisis." The series of stories focused on first responders dealing with PTSD, and the red tape surrounding their treatment.

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Rod Kurtz also received a sports award for his radio piece "Mad For Manny," the story of the Filipino fighting community preparing for the 'fight of the century' between Manny Pacquiao against Floyd Mayweather.

CBC Edmonton was nominated for seven national RTDNA awards.

The nominations include Trisha Estabrooks' story of sex workers who continue the trade despite the threat of a serial predator, Laura Osman's profile of a Filipina immigrant and cowboy action shooter who recovered after being accidentally shot, and Edmonton AM's work on the North Saskatchewan River and its importance to the city. 

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