WUOT Awards 2014

WUOT has recently been recognized by the following journalistic organizations for excellence in reporting and producing:

WUOT has been recognized by the Radio-Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) with the prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism.

The documentary I’m Still Here: My HIV Life was chosen as the nation’s best audio documentary in the Small Market division.  

I'm Still Here: My HIV Life was produced by WUOT Director of News Content Matt Shafer Powell and freelance producer Leslie Snow with critical assistance from Positively Living, a Knoxville-based agency that offers housing and care to lower-income people suffering from HIV and AIDS. The show also features a custom soundtrack composed by local musician and WUOT Jazz Coordinator Todd Steed.

In April, the series Justice For All was recognized with Regional Edward R. Murrow awards in the Feature Reporting and News Series categories.


In June, Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI) presented WUOT with four national awards at the trade organization's annual conference and awards ceremony in Washington D.C. I'm Still Here: My HIV Life received a first-place award in the Best Documentary category and was recognized with a second-place award for Best Use of Sound.   WUOT's monthly Dialogue program was recognized as Best Call-in Show and Justice For All: The Art of the Deal  received a first-place award for Best Writing.

The Tennessee Associated Press Broadcasters Association recognized WUOT with two first-place awards in its 2014 competition.   Matt Shafer Powell, Leslie Snow and Todd Steed earned First Place honors in the Best Documentary category for  I'm Still Here:  My HIV Life and Matt Shafer Powell received an additional Best Hard News Story award for Justice For All.   Justice For All: The Art of the Deal was given a second place award in the Writing category and former WUOT reporter Christine Jessel was honored with second place in the Light Feature category for From Foster Care to College.

On Saturday, May 10, the East Tennessee Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists presented several awards to WUOT at its annual Golden Press Card Awards.   I'm Still Here: My HIV Life received two Awards of Excellence (Documentary/Public Affairs and Best Use of Medium categories), and the series Justice For All received two additional Awards of Excellence (for Feature Reporting and General Reporting).   Awards of Merit were presented to Chrissy Keuper for Old Time Smoky Mountain Music and Brandon Hollingsworth for Stalemate at Henley Bridge.  Hollingsworth also received an Award of Merit for The Method and another Award of Merit in the Best News Anchor category.   In addition, WUOT's News Team was recognized with an Award of Merit for its daily newscasts.