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JPR News Recognized With Journalism Excellence Awards In 2023

The JPR newsroom received a series of awards in 2023 from the Radio Television Digital News Association, the Public Media Journalists Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. Listener support makes all of this high-quality, local journalism possible!

Radio Television Digital News Association:

The Murrow Awards are presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) for outstanding broadcast and digital journalism.

Each year the RTDNA presents awards to news organizations across the country whose work demonstrates the spirit of excellence that Edward R. Murrow set as a standard for the broadcast journalism profession.

This year, JPR won awards in four separate categories in RTDNA's small market division among public and commercial radio stations in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. This is the sixth consecutive year JPR has won in the Hard News category.

JPR was recognized for work in the following categories:

Hard News

Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Excellence in Sound


Digital Coverage of Life in Southern Oregon by Juliet Grable

Public Media Journalists Association:

The Public Media Journalists Association recognizes journalists who have produced the best audio work from across the public radio news business. JPR was honored with four 2023 PMJA awards for the following categories (PMJA awards are given to newsrooms, rather than individuals):

Breaking News

Digital Writing



Society of Professional Journalists:

The Society of Professional Journalists recognizes excellent journalism produced by their peers in a variety of mediums and categories. JPR is a member of SPJ Region 10, which spans the western states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.

The JPR newsroom earned five SPJ awards for the small market public and commercial radio division in the following categories:

Government and Politics Reporting, first place

Technology and Science Reporting, first place

Breaking News, second place

Investigative Reporting, second place

Racial Equity Reporting, second place

Paul Westhelle oversees management of JPR's service to the community.  He came to JPR in 1990 as Associate Director of Broadcasting for Marketing and Development after holding jobs in non-profit management and fundraising for a national health agency. He's a graduate of San Jose State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communications.