Awards

Together We Are Making a Difference

WSIU’s efforts to improve the quality of life in our region have garnered dozens of local, regional, and national awards, which in turn have raised awareness about the transformative power of public broadcasting.

Although we are proud of our accomplishments, none of the awards listed here would have been possible without the support of Southern Illinois University Carbondale and the College of Mass Communication & Media Arts; our national, state, and regional partners in public broadcasting, government, education, and the social services; the Friends of WSIU advisory board; and our donors, staff, students, and community volunteers. Together, we are making a difference in the lives of others!

WSIU Awards by Year

  • Station of the Year; 2015 Illinois Associated Press (AP) Broadcasters Association
  • 1st Place – Best Newscast, 2015 Illinois Associated Press (AP) Broadcasters Association
  • 1st Place – Downstate TV, Best Light Feature: Benjy Jeffords; 2014 Illinois Associated Press (AP) Broadcasting Contest for Mobile Canning.
  • 2nd Place – Downstate Radio, Best Newswriter: Benjy Jeffords; 2014 Illinois Associated Press (AP) Broadcasting Contest for WSIU Radio News Features.
  • 2nd Place – Best Videography: Benjy Jeffords; 2014 Illinois Associated Press (AP) Broadcasting Contest for the Scratch Brewing Company feature.
  • Gold Medal – The Tragedy of Bataan, Audio Series, 2012 New York Festival International Radio Program and Promotions Awards. Produced by Jan Thompson, Associate Professor of Radio-Television, SIU Carbondale. Presented by WSIU.
  • Best of Festival – Faculty Audio division, Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts: The Tragedy of Bataan radio series. Produced by Jan Thompson, Associate Professor of Radio-Television, SIU Carbondale. Presented by WSIU.
  • Award of Excellence – Short Form category, Faculty Competition, Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts: The Tragedy of Bataan TV documentary. Produced by Jan Thompson, Associate Professor of Radio-Television, SIU Carbondale. Presented by WSIU.
  • Best of Competition – Interactive Media, Faculty Competition, Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts: The Tragedy of Bataan TV documentary. Produced by Jan Thompson, Associate Professor of Radio-Television, SIU Carbondale. Presented by WSIU.
  • 2nd Place – Outstanding Television Newscast, Student Illinois News Broadcasters Association: River Region Evening Edition
  • 2nd Place – Outstanding Television News Reporting, Student Illinois News Broadcasters Association: Chris Slaby, River Region Evening Edition
  • 3rd Place – Outstanding Videography, Student Illinois News Broadcasters Association: Chris Slaby, River Region Evening Edition
  • Newsfinder of the Year-Illinois, Associated Press: Jennifer Fuller
  • 1st Place – Best Downstate Radio News Reporter, Associated Press: Jennifer Fuller
  • 1st Place – Best TV Sports Story in the Nation, Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts: Nicholas Gresham, “All-Access: Saluki Practice,” River Region Evening Edition
  • 1st Place – Best Collegiate Television Magazine News Show in the Nation, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation College Television Awards: alt.news 26:46
  • Gold Plaque – Best Student Produced Television Program, Hugo Television Awards: alt.news 26:46
  • 1st place – Outstanding Soft Radio Program, Illinois News Broadcasters Association Student Awards: Sunrise Sports, WSIU Radio
  • National My Source Education Innovation Award: WSIU for creative implementation of PBS TeacherLine and early childhood educational initiatives at the local level.
  • National My Source Community Impact Award for Education: WSIU for “Biz Kid$ Bash” and “Raising Readers in Southern Illinois” (Jak Tichenor, producer)
  • My Source Startup and Community Impact Grant: WSIU for creation of new viewer/listener testimonials in support of public broadcasting
  • 2nd Place – Outstanding Soft Radio Program, Illinois News Broadcasters Association Student Awards: Sunrise Sports, WSIU Radio
  • 2nd Place – Best Newscast in the State, Associated Press Awards: WSIU Radio News
  • 2nd Place – Best Reporter in the State, Associated Press Awards: Jennifer Fuller, WSIU Radio, for stories on medicine distribution, animal care, and teen drivers