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KUT News and “Texas Standard” win 18 awards from Texas Associated Press Broadcasters

AUSTIN, Texas – Feb. 24, 2016 – KUT News and “Texas Standard” have earned a combined total of 18 awards, including seven first-place designations, from the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters (TAPB) in recognition of excellence and achievement in journalism.

The awards were earned in the Division A, large market radio news category in the reporter, feature, documentary, digital, special content, spot news and specialty and categories. The following content, produced in 2015, was honored: 

Use of Actuality-Production
First place: “The Invisible Thing That (Almost) All Your Music Has In Common,” reported by Matt Largey

Sports Story or Sports Series
First place: “Beer Mile World Championship,” reported by Jimmy Maas

Feature (Serious)
First place: “San Marcos Flood Rescue,” reported by Mose Buchele

Feature (Light)
First place: “The Missing Tortoise of South Austin,” reported by Mose Buchele.

First place: Kate McGee, KUT News
Second place: Joy Diaz, “Texas Standard”
Honorable mention: Mose Buchele, KUT News

Specialty or Beat Reporting
First place: Energy and Environment, Mose Buchele
Second place: Politics, Ben Philpott

Investigative Report
First place: “The State Pays Some Workers With Disabilities Pennies Per Hour,” reported by Alain Stephens, “Texas Standard”

News Anchor or Anchor Team
Second place: David Brown, “Texas Standard”

General Assignment
Second place: “Austin's Sidewalk Problem,” reported by Terrence Henry

Local Talk Show
Honorable mention: “Texas Standard

Spot News
Honorable mention: Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling, reported by KUT News staff

Continuing Coverage
Honorable mention: Memorial Day Weekend Floods 2015, reported by KUT News staff

Honorable mention:

Online/Special Content
Honorable mention: “Summer Melt: The Months Between,” reported by Kate McGee, Emilie Mutert and Miguel Gutierrez Jr.

Special Series
Honorable mention: “Summer Melt: The Months Between,” reported by Kate McGee, Emilie Mutert and Miguel Gutierrez Jr.

About KUT
KUT 90.5, Austin's NPR station, delivers in-depth stories by and about people in Austin, for Austin, with the highest journalistic standards from a variety of thoughtful perspectives. A founding member of NPR, KUT News has won more than 200 state, national and international awards for journalistic excellence. “Texas Standard,” KUT’s one-hour daily news program heard on 23 public radio stations across the state, offers crisp, up-to-the-moment coverage of politics, lifestyle, the environment, technology, innovation and business — from a Texas perspective.

About the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters
The Texas Associated Press Broadcasters is a not-for-profit organization made up of the various Texas radio and television stations who subscribe to the Associated Press wire service. TAPB serves as an advocate for key issues in today’s media and works with other groups on programs related to freedom of speech, freedom of information, and media law. For more information, visit:


Contact: Erin Geisler, (512) 475-8071