Thursday, July 5, 2018

KJZZ Earns Prestigious Journalism Awards

Image of KJZZ newsroom and shots of winning reporters Matt Casey, Jimmy Jenkins, Laurel Morales, Sarah Ventre and Stina Sieg

KJZZ 91.5 FM and its reporters were recognized by Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) and Radio and Television Digital News Association (RTNDA) 2018 award committees for their outstanding contributions to journalism excellence.

PRNDI logo

PRNDI awards recognize and celebrate the work of reporting, editing, anchoring and producing at local public media radio stations across the U.S.
KJZZ reporters took home first and second place awards in the Division AA Best Writing category and a second place prize in the Enterprise and Investigative Reporting category.

  • 1st Place Best Reporting - Christmas Stuffing: AZ Class Beginners to Taxidermy, Stina Sieg
  • 2nd Place Best Reporting - Earth & Bone: Havasupai Stand Up to Mining Company, Laurel Morales
  • 2nd Place Enterprise/Investigative - On the Inside: The Chaos of AZ Prison Health Care, Jimmy Jenkins

Edward R. Murrow Regional Awards logo

Four KJZZ reporters were also recognized with five RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Regional Awards, which are among the most prestigious in the broadcast and digital news industry. The Murrow Awards embody the values and principles set forth by Edward R. Murrow, a journalism pioneer who set the standards for the highest quality of broadcast journalism.

  • Excellence in Writing - Remembering Bisbee Deportation, Stina Sieg
  • Feature Reporting - A musical Tribute to Arizona Violinist Jane Hilton, A Friend to Many, Stina Sieg
  • Hard News - Temporary Protected Status Man Trapped in Constant Limbo, Matt Casey
  • Investigative Reporting - On the Inside: The Chaos of Arizona Prison Health Care, Jimmy Jenkins
  • News Series - Short Creek: Beyond FLDS, Sarah Ventre

Regional award winners are being considered for a National Murrow Award.


wide shot of newsroom with other reporters working at desks.

KJZZ is a community service of Rio Salado College.