CBC Edmonton wins 7 regional RTDNA awards

CBC Edmonton has won seven major regional awards from the RTDNA, the organization which represents broadcast journalists across Canada.

Winning stories include coverage of issues of diversity, crime and race

Paramedic Greg Turner took his own life early last year. Turner's story was part of reporter Marion Warnica's award-winning series on Canada's EMS crisis. (Courtesy of the Turner family)

CBC Edmonton has won seven regional awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), the organization which represents broadcast journalists across Canada.

The winning stories include major investigative and diversity pieces that appeared on web, radio and TV over the past year.

"I am so proud the CBC Edmonton newsroom is once again being recognized for the hard work and variety of the story-telling we bring to our audiences on all of our platforms," said managing editor Gary Cunliffe.

"As some question the very future of journalism and how it's delivered, these awards, and the stories we tell, prove good journalism will always find an audience."

Winning stories highlight investigative work

Andrea Huncar won a 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.

Laura Osman won a sports award for her online story "Kanada Girl." The story profiled Flora Kupsch, a Filipina immigrant and shooting range owner who recovered after being accidentally shot.

Edmonton police defended the practice of random street checks after CBC reporter Andrea Huncar's award-winning coverage of the issue. (CBC)

Edmonton wins four radio awards

CBC Edmonton also won four awards for radio news coverage.

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

Trisha Estabrooks won in the long feature radio category for "Tricks Trump Danger on Edmonton Streets." The story focused on Edmonton sex workers who continue the trade despite the threat of a serial predator thought to be responsible for the deaths and disappearances of numerous women.

The Edmonton AM Team claimed an award in the radio news information program category for their work on a show all about Edmonton's North Saskatchewan River and its importance to the city.

Rod Kurtz also received a sports award for his radio piece "Mad For Manny."

CBC Calgary won three awards for radio coverage, bringing Alberta's total to 10 awards.

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) awards are the most prestigious broadcast awards for journalists working in the industry in Canada.


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