StateImpact Pennsylvania’s TMI oral history receives documentary award

  • Scott Blanchard

“I remember TMI,” StateImpact Pennsylvania’s hour-long oral history of the Three Mile Island nuclear plant partial meltdown in 1979, has received a regional Edward R. Murrow Award as best documentary.

The piece was honored in Region 11, made up of Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, in the small-market radio division — markets outside the top 50 in the U.S. The awards are presented to small and large radio, television and digital outlets based on 14 geographic areas. 

As a regional honoree, “I remember TMI” will be considered for a national Murrow award.

The award was one of six received by WITF, the lead station in StateImpact’s collaboration that includes WHYY, The Allegheny Front and WPSU. Mike Williams, WITF’s multimedia production manager and project manager for StateImpact, produced the documentary with WITF audio specialist Joe Ulrich narrating the story. 

Listen as seven residents bring you inside their stories of uncertainty, confusion, fear and the decision they faced: Stay home amid risk of radiation, or flee.

“I remember TMI” also was honored as best documentary in the small-market radio category in the 2020 Keystone Professional Media Awards, a statewide competition. The Keystones also recognized StateImpact for first place in continuing coverage (Reid Frazier’s and Amy Sisk’s coverage of Clairton coke works’ pollution problems).

StateImpact and its partners WESA and The Allegheny Front were honored with the First Amendment Award for going to court to fight an injunction requested by natural gas driller Range Resources, which wanted to stop publication of settlement terms that Frazier discovered in a public court filing.

The Keystones named WITF/StateImpact Pennsylvania as the small-market outstanding news operation.

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