Boise State Public Radio Wins Two Dozen Idaho Press Club Awards

Apr 27, 2020

Idaho Press Club medal
Credit Tom Michael / Boise State Public Radio

On Saturday, April 25, the Boise State Public Radio newsroom was awarded 24 Idaho Press Club awards, including 11 first-place prizes.

The Idaho Press Club is an association of media professionals, with a mission to promote excellence in journalism and freedom of information. Idaho entries are judged by a panel of journalists in other states.

A complete list of the Best of 2019 Award Winners can be found here.


General Excellence – Audio

2nd: Samantha Wright – “Legislative Breakdown 2019

3rd: Gemma Gaudette, Frankie Barnhill, Samantha Wright – “Idaho Matters 2019

General News Report – Audio

1st: James Dawson – “Lingering Anxiety Persists One Year After Boise Mass Stabbing

2nd: Madelyn Beck – “Boise Homelessness Case Resonates Across the West

3rd: Samantha Wright – “U.S. Could Lose Measles Status – How Will Idaho React?

Election Report – Audio

1st: James Dawson – “Mayor Bieter’s Campaign Fundraiser Directed City Business as Jobs Overlapped

Spot News Report – Audio

1st: Rachel Cohen – “Idaho Reps, Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Pass Farmworker Legislation

2nd: Heath Druzin – “Idaho Senator Jim Risch Refuses to Talk About President Trump

Watchdog / Investigative Report – Audio

1st: Amanda Peacher, Kate Concannon, Frankie Barnhill, James Dawson, Lacey Daley – “LOCKED

Serious Feature Report  – Audio

1st: Madelyn Beck – “Three Mountain West States Don’t Have a Traditional Insanity Defense

2nd: Madelyn Beck – “Addressing Female Genital Mutilation in the Mountain West

3rd: Rachel Cohen – “Idaho Tourism Areas Rely On Essential Work-Travel Program

Light Feature Report – Audio

1st: James Dawson – “Hailey Girl Fights to Bring Women’s Legislation History to the Forefront

Interview – Audio

1st: Samantha Wright – “This Boise Tattoo Artist is Competing for $100K On Reality Show Ink Master

2nd: George Prentice – “How to Free An Inmate

News Talk Show

1st: Gemma Gaudette, Frankie Barnhill, Samantha Wright – “Idaho Matters: Election Coverage

Sports News Report

1st: Tom Michael – “The Rise of Gravel Riding in Idaho

2nd: Samantha Wright – “Fall is The Season For Wheelchair Rugby with Boise Bombers

3rd: Heath Druzin – “Fans Brave Heat for Boise’s Twilight Criterium

Public Affairs Program – Audio

1st: Gemma Gaudette, Frankie Barnhill, Samantha Wright –  “Idaho Matters: Reporter Roundtable and Civil Discourse

2nd: Samantha Wright – “Legislative Breakdown: Redistricting, a Fractured Legislature, and Sharks! – Season 2, Episode 3

Use Of Sound – Audio

1st: Samantha Wright – “Catching Idaho Sage Grouse with a Rocket Net

3rd: Samantha Wright – “Fall is The Season For Wheelchair Rugby with the Boise Bombers

Reporter Of The Year – Broadcast

2nd: James Dawson – Boise State Public Radio