May 13, 2020

WDET wins regional Murrow Award for feature reporting

WDET has been recognized for its feature reporting with a regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in the Large Market Radio category. The Radio Television Digital News Association’s (RTDNA) Edward R. Murrow Awards are among the most prestigious in broadcast and digital news. Regional Murrow Awards are presented to small and large radio, television and digital outlets based on 14 geographic regions.


Ryan Patrick Hooper’s winning story, “Would You Rent a Stray Dog From the City of Detroit?,” is about The Friends of Detroit Animal Care and Control’s Detroit Dogventures program, part of the nonprofit’s mission to “help the homeless animals in our city.” The group directly supports Detroit Animal Care and Control, which is an animal shelter operated by the City of Detroit. The Dogventures allow volunteers to take dogs out of the shelter for one-day adventures around the city of Detroit — Hooper, who co-hosts the WDET midday show CultureShift, coined the phrase “rent a dog” during his interview with board member Margo Butler.

Regional winners of the Murrow Awards automatically advance to the national Edward R. Murrow Awards competition, which will be judged in May. A complete list of the 2020 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards winners can be found here.

WDET competes in Region 7 in the Large Market Radio category, which consists of public and commercial radio stations in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.


The Radio Television Digital News Association is the world's largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. RTDNA has been honoring excellence in journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971, and the Murrow Awards are among the most respected journalism awards in the world.

About WDET-FM 101.9

For more than 70 years, from our Midtown Detroit location on the campus of Wayne State University, WDET-FM 101.9, Detroit’s NPR Station, delivers a unique mix of news, conversation, special programs and music programming. Our powerful 48,000-watt broadcast signal reaches a 70-mile radius across all of Southeast Michigan, Northwest Ohio and Southwest Ontario. It expands nationally through our live stream, website, mobile app and podcasts. WDET-FM 101.9 is a community service of Wayne State University. Support for WDET comes from Wayne State, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, local foundations, and through private donors and corporate underwriting.


Toby Tabaczynski
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