Last week, Keystone Crossroads received three national awards at the Public Radio News Directors, Inc. conference in St. Louis.
The statewide reporting collaboration, which focuses on issues related to Pennsylvania’s distressed cities, won first place for its feature story, “The immigrants it once shut out bring new life to a Pennsylvania town,” by reporter Eleanor Klibanoff.
The team brought home second place awards for its series, “Pennsylvania pensions: Is the promise broken?” and a feature story included in the series, “Pennsylvania’s municipal pensions are underfunded by $7.7 billion, and here’s why,” by reporter Irina Zhorov.
Also worth noting, Keystone Crossroads’ newest addition to the team, senior education reporter Kevin McCorry, earned second place for the short documentary “Turnaround: A year inside a Strawberry Mansion elementary school.”
The PRNDI awards seek to recognize the best reporting and storytelling from local public radio stations. For the 2015 awards, there were more than 1,200 entries and 173 awards handed out. Check out the full list of awards from PRNDI, including those given to our colleagues at partner stations WHYY, WITF, and WPSU.
The team also received statewide recognition by peers at the Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association for the series, “Locked out: Pennsylvania has a housing problem,” and coverage of pensions, as well as a first place nod for best special project, “Mapping Pennsylvania’s urban waterfronts,” from the Keystone Press Awards.