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KUT News wins six awards from Houston Press Club

AUSTIN, Texas — July 22, 2014 — KUT won six 2014 Lone Star Awards from the Houston Press Club Friday in recognition of outstanding achievements in journalism in Texas.

Politics reporter Ben Philpott earned first place for "Radio Journalist of the Year," while city reporter Joy Diaz earned second place in the category.

Four KUT stories and series also won awards:

First place: "These 'Affordable' Apartments Operate Tax Free. Too Bad They Have the Most Code Violations in Austin" (radio hard news feature category), reported by Joy Diaz

First place: The 2013 portion of the yearlong series "Dove Springs: Turning the Corner" (radio series category), reported by Joy Diaz, Kate McGee and Veronica Zaragovia

Second place: "Agenda Texas" covering the 2013 Legislative Session (radio politics/government category), reported by Ben Philpott.

Third place: "Meet the Austin Athlete Competing in the World Dwarf Games" (radio soft news feature category), reported by Joy Diaz.

A list of all the 2014 Houston Press Club Lone Star awards is available online [PDF].

About KUT News

KUT News, Austin’s NPR station, uses the highest editorial standards to shed light on Central Texas’ civic challenges and opportunities. A founding member of NPR, KUT 90.5 established a news department in 2002. Since then, KUT News has won more than 100 state, national and international awards for journalistic excellence. Texas Standard, KUT’s one-hour daily news program launching this fall and produced in partnership with news organizations across Texas, Mexico and the U.S., offers crisp, up-to-the-moment coverage of politics, lifestyle, the environment, technology, innovation and business—uncovering stories as they happen and spotting trends that will shape tomorrow’s headlines, from a Texas perspective.


Contact: Erin Geisler (512) 475-8071