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KYUK Wins 13 Alaska Press Club Journalism Awards

Apr 21, 2020

The KYUK staff poses for a group photo in December 2019 in Bethel, Alaska.
Credit Katie Basile / KYUK

KYUK won 13 Alaska Press Club awards for journalism produced in 2019. The annual contest honors reporting produced by Alaskan journalists working in media outlets across the state. 

KYUK’s 2019 honors include three first place awards for journalism produced in all media categories. In the radio category, KYUK received four first place awards, two second place awards, and four third place awards.

We share these awards with the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Every story is a collaboration between the people involved in the story, the journalist, and the audience. Quyana for supporting KYUK and for sharing your experiences, questions, insights, and stories with us. Congratulations to you and to our staff.

KYUK’s 2019 Alaska Press Club Awards

Best Solo Journalism in All Media

  • First Place
  • Title: “Not Enough Kids In Red Devil”
  • By Katie Basile
  • Comments from judge Lois Norder: “KYUK’s Katie Basile entry was a clear standout. She not only provides a feel for the tiny community of Red Devil and its residents, she also illuminated the complex issues about its survival.”

Best Multimedia Presentation in All Media

Best Online Video Journalism in All Media

  • First Place
  • Title: “Video: A Record Breaking Finish in the 40th K300”
  • By Katie Basile, Kathy Engler, Rosie Evan, Angela Denning, Zachariah Hughes, Kaylee King, Anna Rose MacArthur, Ben Matheson, Joey Mendolia, Gabby Salgado, and Dean Swope
  • Comments from judge Brian McCrone: “Clear by the delivery that the video was edited for the web. Quick-paced and on the-ground. Narrator kept it exciting and competitive, like a sports announcer.”

Radio: Best Single Story Reporting

  • First Place
  • Title: “After 20 Year Wait, Newtok Residents Leave Home To Pioneer Mertarvik”
  • By Greg Kim
  • Comments from judge Bob Collins: “Really great use of sound in this story of people who ‘feel happy and sad at the same time.’ Your description of Albertina Charles was heartbreaking. I’ll be honest with you. Originally, I had this entry down for second place but I didn’t finalize the results. Over the next two weeks, I kept thinking about Ms. Charles and specifically the last cut which you left us with. I kept thinking about the people of Newtok. I listened to both pieces again and again. Both were really good, but this one wouldn’t let go of me.”

Radio: Best Sports Reporting

Radio: Best Reporting on Health

Radio: Best Same-Day Feature

Radio: Best Same-Day Feature

Radio: Best Sound-Rich Feature

Radio: Best Sound-Rich Feature

Radio: Vern McCorkle Award for Best Business Reporting

Radio: Best Culture Reporting

Radio: Best Profile

Find the full 2019 Alaska Press Club Contest award list here.