WGBH News and Media Relations


June 24, 2014

WGBH Radio Wins New York Festivals® Gold Medal for Second Year in a Row

89.7 WGBH Radio team awarded for best coverage of a breaking news story for reporting on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing

BOSTON, Mass. (June 24, 2014) – For the second year in a row, WGBH Radio earned a prestigious Gold Medal at the 2014 New York Festivals® International Radio Programs & Promos Awards. WGBH Radio’s reporting on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing took the top honor in the category of best coverage of a breaking news story. Each year, the New York Festivals® honor the best in radio programming from radio stations, networks and independent producers from around the globe.

“Gold Medal recognition from the New York Festivals is one of the top distinctions that a radio station can receive, and I am exceptionally proud of the WGBH Radio team for earning this award for a second consecutive year,” WGBH Radio general manager Phil Redo said. “I know that the entire WGBH Radio team is proud of their work covering a complicated, emotional story that had relevance far beyond our local region and to provide meaningful local connections to what was an indelible event here in Boston.”

The recognition is the latest in a string of honors awarded to WGBH News, including the Bart Richards Award for Media Criticism for the weekly TV series, Beat the Press, and its Marathon coverage and analysis. WGBH News also won a national Edward R. Murrow Award for its series on human trafficking, “Underground Trade”, and several regional Murrow wins, as well as multiple AP Awards for radio coverage in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

The WGBH News team draws on the talent of a multi-platform newsroom that includes radio, television and digital reporting. Its newsroom, which has grown and evolved over the last three years, continues to invest in quality, substantive local coverage and telling the stories that only public media can tell.

Reporter Phillip Martin was in New York City on Monday evening to accept the honor on behalf of WGBH Radio. The full list of winners can be found here.

About WGBH

WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web. Television channels include WGBH 2, WGBX 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH, Boston Public Radio; 99.5 WCRB; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. Find more information at wgbh.org.



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