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LAist & KPCC Win 3 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

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We're flattered, honored, and all the other good feelings right now, because we just won three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. Named for the legendary radio and TV newsman, the Radio Television Digital News Association honored us for these three stories:


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Johnny Byul Lee was the lone voice of support at a 2018 protest. (Photo illo by Chava Sanchez)

Josie Huang went in-depth on the aftermath of Koreatown's battle over a homeless shelter. Her work demonstrates our commitment to sticking with stories after other media has moved on.

Huang spent months following key characters in the community after attending a nighttime homeless count in Koreatown to see who would show up. She noticed a cluster of Korean American volunteers, some wearing shirts with a "Koreatown" logo.

Huang learned they were trying to help homeless people. That same week, she discovered that some of the people who counter-protested at the demonstrations were now working on homeless outreach.

It became clear to Huang that the homelessness crisis, the fight over the shelter, the protests and media attention had all worked to change the Korean American community in interesting and meaningful ways.

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The shot list Emily Guerin took on her solo hike. (Emily Guerin / LAist)

Emily Guerin let the world into her solo journey into the wilderness, through video and a written diary.

She explores what it meant hiking the Sierra Nevada on her own as a woman. She documented her solo journey, which takes you into places few people ever see in person, and the realizations she had during the arduous hike. We shared her personal journey in GIFs from the trip and video on our Instagram account.

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Guerin gives a special shout out to the original editor on the series, Signe Okkels Larsen, for creating a comprehensive shot list and teaching her how to shoot on her own in very isolated conditions.

Thanks also go to our visual journalist Chava Sanchez for his work completing the project.


Emma Allen crosses the street near the South L.A. senior center where she work. (Sean Havey for California Dream)
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Our collaboration with KQED, KPBS, Capital Public Radio and CalMatters won for its multidisciplinary approach to profiling some of California's 6 million seniors and what their experiences had to say about the California dream.

The series includes audio, video, data visualizations and written profiles to take a deep look at our rapidly aging population, and what the implications are for the state's future.

We also invited seniors to share their own experiences.

Congratulations to all the winners here, and at newsrooms around the region -- thank you for your work. You can read the complete national list here.

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