Saturday was a big night for KPCC at the 66th Annual Golden Mike Awards, hosted at the Universal Hilton Hotel, where the news team won in a total of 11 categories including Best News Broadcast Under 15 Minutes. The Golden Mike win for best newscast is a first for KPCC in over 14 years, beating out a large commercial radio station which has typically dominated the category.
This year's haul of 11 awards is also the biggest in over 14 years for KPCC.
In addition to Best News Broadcast, KPCC was recognized for several other categories, including Best News Public Affairs Program for AirTalk, Best News Reporting for a piece on LAPD officer training by Frank Stoltze, and Best News Special for Take Two's live broadcast 50 Years after the Watts Riots: A Look at the Community's Past, Present and Future.
“It’s great when awards recognize the great work our staff does every day, from newscasts and public affairs shows to memorable storytelling" stated Melanie Sill, Vice President of Content. "I’m proud of our staff who won the Golden Mikes and all the others at KPCC who supported them.”
Here is a list of the other KPCC winners:
BEST HARD NEWS SERIES REPORTING - Hard times at Inglewood High
BEST INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING - Sex and the LAUSD teacher
BEST SERIOUS FEATURE REPORTING, One Minute or Longer - Missing Kindergarten Is a Big Deal
BEST LIGHT FEATURE REPORTING, One Minute or Longer - LA's Federal Reserve Is Burning Money ... literally
BEST ENTERTAINMENT REPORTING - Asian-American YouTubers
BEST GOVERNMENT AND POLITICAL REPORTING - Taking on Voter Apathy One Person at a Time
BEST USE OF SOUND - Kindergarten in Chinese
The “Golden Mikes” are presented annually by the RTNA, the non-profit group representing broadcast newsrooms in Los Angeles, San Diego, and all of the other markets from Fresno south to the Mexican border. The RTNA coordinates pool coverage of major events, fights for broadcast coverage in courtrooms, and provides scholarships for the next generation of broadcast journalists.