The Radio Television Digital News Association announced this week an Edward R. Murrow award to Reno Public Radio for its series on electric car maker, Tesla.
“Behind The Battery Boom,“ produced in 2016, featured reporting from Amy Westervelt, Anh Gray, Michelle Billman, Julia Ritchey, and ThisisReno.com. The series focused on hiring efforts, battery technology, workforce challenges, and economic impacts.
Westervelt served as lead reporter, and Billman was managing editor.
ThisisReno’s contribution to the series, on Tesla’s transferable tax credits that were sold to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, took months to develop. This was in part because the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) took nearly six months to complete public records requests and initially tried to withhold information until we hired an attorney to get the request completed.
“Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession of electronic journalism,” the association said.
The award is for the best small-market radio news series.
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Bob Conrad is publisher, editor and co-founder of This Is Reno. He has served in communications positions for various state agencies and earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011. In addition to managing This Is Reno, he holds a part-time appointment for the Mineral County University of Nevada Extension office.