WBUR Wins National Murrow Award

BOSTON — The Radio and Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has announced that 90.9 WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, has won the 2011 Edward R. Murrow Award for www.wbur.org, which was selected as the best large market radio website in the nation.

This is the second year in a row that WBUR has been honored with a national Murrow award, after the station’s win for “overall excellence” in 2010.

“I’m delighted to see WBUR recognized for its extraordinary online journalism,” said WBUR General Manager Charlie Kravetz. “This honor recognizes that wbur.org is more than a radio station website — it’s a rich and robust online news destination. Thanks to our visionary Executive Editor of New Media John Davidow, and a hard-working Web team, the entire station has evolved into digital news content producers. This award acknowledges that the effort is connecting with users.”

Redesigned in 2009, wbur.org combines original news stories with existing radio content that is customized for online users. Visitors to wbur.org can listen live to news and programs; view text or audio of individual stories from WBUR and NPR; engage with rich multimedia assets designed specifically for the Web; read timely “online only” news articles; access websites for local and national WBUR programs; and explore blogs like CommonHealth, Hubbub, Public Radio Kitchen and OpenCourt.us. Each month, wbur.org averages more than 500,000 visitors and 2 million page views.

“We crafted wbur.org to be a valuable resource for the Boston community,” Davidow said, “so it’s a thrill to be recognized as the best large market radio website in the country. We’re constantly striving to find ways to provide the quality journalism and public media sensibility that our radio listeners expect, while simultaneously using technology to offer online users rich, new digital assets. This Murrow award indicates that it’s a solid strategy we’ll continue to build upon.”

According to the RTNDA, “The Edward R. Murrow is one of the highest honors an electronic journalist can receive. The Murrow Award is bestowed on news professionals and organizations demonstrating outstanding skills and abilities.” The honors will be presented at the RTDNA Awards Dinner in New York on Oct. 10, 2011.

90.9 WBUR-FM is Boston’s NPR news station and the home of nationally syndicated programs On Point with Tom Ashbrook, Here & Now with Robin Young, Car Talk and Only A Game, as well as a daily local program, Radio Boston. WBUR also has a 30-person newsroom dedicated to reporting local content during the national NPR programs, Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

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  • su-su

    Awesome achievement and well deserved. WBUR has been my home page for several years, a rich source of local news with easy access to everything else. Thanks so much!

  • Myler Schneider

    WBUR is a very large part of my day from first thing in the am to about 6:30 in the evening.  I love the fact that so many friends and family members, locally and across the country, also tune in to WBUR and we can share & reference news stories and articles we have both listened to.  This award is well deserved again.

  • Maria Lurantos

    As a long-time supporter of WBUR, I can’t help feeling even more proud to be  a member!
    That is probably the ONE donation that I will keep making every year, even if I have to starve!  

  • Joe D

    With such quality here at wbur.org, I’ve mostly given up on the Globe. Congratulations on this award! 

  • http://twitter.com/murmur55 murmur55

    Hmm. You have blocked a whistle-blower from commenting on your site.

  • Anonymous


    I wish the website would give advance notice of the topics of NPR programs not produced by WBUR like Fresh Air and Talk of the Nation. 

    I find that transcripts of national NPR programs that also appear on this site to be a waste as a link to NPR.org would make more sense.  I know the intent is to keep listeners connected to WBUR and not the national site but I’d rather have fewer clicks to reach the content that I want and often skip WBUR so it isn’t working as intended.

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