A joint investigation between WUSF Public Media’s Health News Florida and WFSU News has received a 2021 national Edward R. Murrow Award, according to a news release.
The recognition came for an in-depth news series entitled “Committed” that focused on a Florida law known as the Baker Act, and the skyrocketing number of Florida children involuntarily committed for psychiatric evaluations.
The award, in the small radio news series category, was a collaborative project that highlighted the stories of children sent into confinement by school officials, often without notifying their parents, the release adds.
WUSF Public Media also recently received 12 honors in the Society of Professional Journalists Sunshine State Awards, including first place in two categories, according to an earlier news release.
Journalists who were singled out for honors are: Stephanie Colombini, Daylina Miller, Carl Lisciandrello, Lisa Peakes, Kerry Sheridan, Steve Newborn, Cathy Carter, Dalia Colon and Robin Sussingham. WUSF News Director Mary Shedden also shared a third-place award with Matthew Peddie from Orlando’s WMFE for their collaboration entitled “The State We’re In.”
The Society of Professional Journalists is the oldest organization representing journalists in the United States.
These awards follow a number of other distinctions achieved by WUSF, during the past year.