KJZZ wins 4 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for coverage in 2023

By Sky Schaudt
Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2024 - 2:49pm

KJZZ has won four regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for large market radio news coverage in 2023.

The announcement was made Wednesday by the Radio Television Digital News Association

The station won in the Continuing Coverage; Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Excellence in Sound; and Sports Reporting categories.

Revisit the award-winning stories.

Continuing Coverage

'The Zone': The last year in Phoenix's largest homeless encampment by KJZZ staff

Tents lining a street in the Zone homeless encampment in downtown Phoenix
Tim Agne/KJZZ
Tents lining a street in “The Zone” homeless encampment in downtown Phoenix in March 2023.

The Maricopa County Superior Court’s east building stands on a corner in downtown Phoenix, just under a mile away from where the homeless encampment known as "The Zone" once lined several blocks. Local business owners had sued the city, claiming that the encampment produced health and safety concerns that added up to a nuisance the city was responsible for managing. The judge ultimately agreed, ruling that the tents and other structures made of spare particle board, blankets and tarps must come down — and the people living in them had to move somewhere else.

Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

Beth's story: She says being a 'non-speaker' shouldn't mean losing her right to decide for herself by Kirsten Dorman

Beth Papp is seen here using a laminated letter board to spell out something she wants to say. Emily Ulan, her communication partner, stands nearby to read out the letters Papp points to and read them aloud. They are wearing matching
Becky King
On a road trip to Disneyland in September 2023, Beth Papp used a laminated letter board to spell out what she wanted to say. Emily Ulan, her communication partner, held the board up and read out the letters Papp pointed to.

Stories like that of “pop princess” Britney Spears and football star Michael Oher have gripped the nation. Many other stories of conservatorship and legal guardianship have gone largely untold. This one is about Beth Papp, an Arizona resident and "non-speaker." 

Excellence in Sound

Soundies: 1940s 'music videos' gave Black performers a time to shine in the Jim Crow era by Jill Ryan

Black and white photo of three men playing instruments
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division
The King Cole Trio, (left to right) Oscar Moore (guitar), Nat King Cole (piano) and Wesley Prince (double bass), during a broadcast on NBC Radio.

Soundies are the music videos that came decades before MTV — even before television was widespread. A small subset of these Soundies brought a more diverse reflection of 1940s America to the mainstream — partially contributing to, as some experts claim, the foundation of the civil rights movement.

Sports Reporting

Girls flag football is off to a flying start with first Arizona championship by Phil Latzman

Team members and Cardinals player stand on field
Phil Latzman/KJZZ
Arizona Cardinals linebacker Dennis Gardeck talks with members of Xavier Prep’s girls flag football team before a game on Sept. 12, 2023.

Five decades after the passage of Title IX, women’s sports are more popular than ever. And here in Arizona, girls have a new opportunity to compete in a sport previously only available to the boys: flag football.

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