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WLRN News Team Wins 14 Florida News Awards

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'Unmute Yourself!', a story about the difficulties and occasional absurdities of public comment during the pandemic, won for Team Coverage during this year's Florida News Awards.

WLRN earned 14 awards in the statewide radio category, including 11 winners and four finalists, for stories produced in 2020 during the Florida News Awards virtual ceremony on Saturday.

The Florida Association of Broadcast Journalists administers the awards. Two members of the newsroom achieved individual honors. For the second consecutive year, Katie Lepri was named top digital journalist, and Jenny Staletovich won the prize for best writing.


Continuing Coverage

“Samples Of WLRN’s COVID-19 Coverage” by Wilkine Brutus, Caitie Switalski Munoz, Jenny Staletovich, Veronica Zaragovia and the WLRN News Team

Team Coverage

Unmute Yourself! Public Comment Pushing Through The Pandemic” by the WLRN News Team

Consumer, Financial, Economic Reporting

New Normal Brings Booms, Busts, And Change For South Florida

By Daniel Rivero and Jenny Staletovich

Series / Franchise | Light

Intermission” by Christine Dimattei

Series / Franchise | Hard

“Public Meetings During A Pandemic” by Jessica Bakeman and the WLRN News Team

Education Reporting | Series

“Marjory Stoneman Douglas Stories” by Jessica Bakeman and Caitie Switalski Munoz

Feature Reporting | Cultural & Historical

You’re Possessing Our History: Seminole Tribe Could Get Back

Remains Of Ancestors Taken By Smithsonian” by Daniel Rivero

Investigative Reporting

Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office Has Used A Shadowy Charity Fund In Criminal Cases” by Daniel Rivero



Jenny Staletovich

Digital Journalist

Katie Lepri


General Assignment | Long

Belle Glade’s Falling ‘Black Snow’ Is An Even Greater Concern

As The Covid-19 Pandemic Continues” by Wilkine Brutus

Health Reporting | Series

South Florida’s COVID-19 Isolation Centers” by Veronica Zaragovia

Political, Government, Election Reporting

“WLRN’s 2020 Civic Coverage Collection” by the News Team

Feature Reporting | Hard

COVID-19 In Jails: One Broward Inmate’s Experience With The Virus” by Caitie Switalski Munoz

Click here for a complete list of winners.