KHOL wins 11 awards for coverage of Jackson Hole

These awards build on the recognition KHOL has received regionally and nationally over the past few years.

by | Jun 17, 2024 | News

Jackson Hole Community Radio (KHOL 89.1 FM) wins 11 journalism awards, including a prestigious Regional Edward R. Murrow Award, six distinctions from the “Top of the Rockies” contest through the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and four honors from the Public Media Journalists Association. 

These awards build on the recognition KHOL has received regionally and nationally over the past few years. At a time when many local news outlets are struggling to survive, KHOL is proud to be investing in more local reporting in western Wyoming. That investment is only made possible through community support for independent media in the Tetons.

The KHOL newsroom is small, but mighty. This excellent reporting primarily came from Tyler Pratt and Hanna Merzbach.

The RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards are among the most prestigious in broadcast and digital news. KHOL won a 2024 Region 3 Edward R. Murrow Awards for: 

Women’s Healthcare Options are Vanishing in Wyoming 

In the Society for Professional Journalists “Top of the Rockies” contest, KHOL was recognized with six awards overall with first, second and third-place awards in the following categories:

In the Public Media Journalists Association awards there were over 1,450 entries from 144 different organizations. KHOL won more awards than any other newsroom in our size tier. 


More about the awards:

The Murrow Awards are the embodiment of the values, principles and standards set forth by Edward R. Murrow, a journalism pioneer who set the standards for the highest quality of broadcast journalism. Murrow Award-winning stories put public interest above all else, provide a catalyst for public discussion, and adhere to the RTDNA Code of Ethics.

Similarly, the Society of Professional Journalists aims to further the ethics and ideals of the profession; to advance, develop and formally recognize higher standards of journalism; to stimulate social and intellectual exchange between members of the press; to raise public awareness of the profession; to promote the development of future journalists from the ranks of high school and college students; and to promote the spirit of fellowship among journalists and civic responsibility to the community. The SPJ Colorado chapter was founded in 1949, holding most of its meetings at the historic Denver Press Club. 

The Public Media Journalists Association (PMJA) is a professional association for public media journalists in the United States. Membership includes over 130 local public radio newsrooms across the country. PMJA’s programs provide professional development, career support and networking opportunities to the over 1,800 journalists working at its member stations.

In both the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards and the SPJ “Top of the Rockies” contests KHOL competes against outlets of similar market size in Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Wyoming. In the PMJA awards KHOL competes against radio stations of a similar size from across the country. 

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About Emily Cohen

Emily has served as executive director of KHOL since June 2019. She has a background in ecological design and urban planning and has worked as a teacher on the US-Mexico border in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, as a policy wonk in Washington, DC and as a land use planner in Wyoming. She enjoys getting away from the operations side of radio to produce original stories about arts and culture in Jackson.

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