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Boise State Public Radio wins five regional Murrow awards

Radio Television Digital News Association

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) announced the 2024 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards winners. Boise State Public Radio has been honored with five awards this year.

The Murrow Awards are the "embodiment of the values, principles and standards set forth by Edward R. Murrow, a journalism pioneer who set the standards for the highest quality of broadcast journalism."

Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Reporter James Dawson won the excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion category for his story on the fight over gender affirming care in Idaho. Last year, as the Idaho House debated whether or not to charge doctors with a felony if they prescribe cross-sex hormones or puberty blockers, or perform sex-reassignment surgery – something that isn’t done in the state – two narratives appeared: one of a deliberative and lengthy process with several safeguards protecting patients, and another claiming the complete opposite.

News Documentary

Idaho Matters received the award for its news documentary on the importance of menopause knowledge. Experts spoke about the difference between early perimenopause, perimenopause and menopause; symptoms and temporary treatments; misinformation around hormone replacement therapy; sexual health and how to advocate for yourself to get the help and treatment you need.

News Series

Our news series Expressive Idaho featuring master folk artists and apprentices here in Idaho won the award for News Series. Folk art is found in everyday objects and expressions: it tells us a bit about who we are and where we came from.

Expressive Idaho is produced in partnership with the Idaho Commission on the Arts’ Folk and Traditional Arts Program, with funding support from Jennifer Dickey and Andy Huang, Dr. Suzanne Allen, MD and the National Endowment for the Arts.


The Sundance: From Deep History, A Way Forward, from our podcast Mustang hosted by Ashley Ahearn, won the podcast award. Ashley joined Dr. Running Horse Collin on her ancestral lands in the Black Hills of South Dakota during the time of the Sundance Ceremony.

Listen to Mustang wherever you get your podcasts.

Sports Reporting

Reporter Julie Luchetta won the award for Sports Reporting for her story on the Boise-based Afghan Football Club. The Toofan Football Club was started six years ago by local Afghan refugees.

Toofan means Thunderstorm in Afghan language. The team came up with the name after seeing the younger players rushing the ball towards the goal like hurricanes.

You can see all winners here.

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