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KUNM Named Station Of The Year, Wins Top Awards For Journalism

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KUNM received fabulous news in May! We were named Station of the Year by the New Mexico Broadcasters Association – with awards for Best Feature News, Best Continuing Coverage, Best Legislative Coverage and Best Website.

And there’s more! The Society of Professional Journalists Region 9 Chapter announced the winners of the Top of the Rockies regional competition. The KUNM news team made a great showing there, too, taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in both the Enterprise Reporting category and General Broadcast Excellence.

I cannot tell you how validating it is to receive this kind of recognition from our fellow journalists. It means not only that our work can hold its own in a competitive news market, but also that our journalism stands out for high quality reporting, subject matter and execution.

KUNM aims to cover the stories that affect your lives and your communities. We work to include the voices of a wide range of people, including people who are not often featured in news coverage. We are willing to put resources into covering the stories that no one else is covering, or to cover stories in ways that are unique.

We do this work with you in mind – you are always with us as we decide what stories to cover and how to cover them. What information does our audience need to know? Who can most effectively explain what’s at stake? How can we tell these stories in ways that capture attention, entertain and communicate the importance of the issue or topic at hand?

Thank you for supporting our work, for sending us news tips and source ideas, and for the most important thing you do—tuning in to hear our work!

Here is a detailed list of the winners and stories:

New Mexico Broadcasters Association

Society of Professional Journalists Top of the Rockies

General Broadcast Excellence

Enterprise Reporting

Elaine Baumgartel was KUNM's News Director from 2013 to 2019. She was local Morning Edition host from 2007 through 2012 and she regularly hosted the station's live news and public affairs show for some years. Elaine originally came on board at KUNM as a volunteer and student employee in 2003.