WVTF Radio IQ won a National Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in News Reporting in the Small Markets Category by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTNDA).

“We are grateful for RTDNA’s recognition and commitment to supporting excellent journalism,” said Roger Duvall, General Manager of WVTF Radio IQ. “Best-in-class reporting begins with the generous support of our 14,000 contributing listeners, corporate supporters, Virginia Tech and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. This support allows us to assemble an outstanding news team led by News Director David Seidel. Thank you all for their hard work and dedication to serving our listeners and citizens.

Charlottesville bureau chief Sandy Hausman’s reporting for the story set titled “COVID 19 in Virginia Prisons” also won the Overall Excellence Award for News Series. This is the sixth National Murrow Award that Hausman has received. His 2019 report on “Victims of car attack prepare to testify” received top honors in the “hard news” category.

The national recognition follows six regional Edward R. Murrow awards the press team won in May and continues a recent string of accolades that include recognition for outstanding press operation by The Associated Press and a Fulbright grant for journalist Mallory Noe-Payne who was pivotal in the creation of the “Memory Wars” podcast series.

With the National Overall Excellence Honor, WVTF joins other winning organizations such as CBS News Radio, NBC News, Texas Public Radio and the Texas Tribune.

All winners will be recognized in October at a gala in New York. See the full list of winners.

Among the most prestigious awards in the field of news, the Murrow Awards recognize local and national reporting that upholds the RTDNA’s code of ethics, demonstrates technical expertise and exemplifies the importance and impact of journalism as a than service to the community.

Radio IQ and WVTF Music deliver public radio programming to 200,000 listeners each week via 25 feeds reaching over half of the Commonwealth. A community service of Virginia Tech, the station is licensed to the Virginia Tech Foundation and helps fulfill the university’s motto Ut Prosim (That I can serve).