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Newsroom Awards

WCBU's newsroom is staffed with award-winning journalists.

Murrow Awards


WCBU has earned a 2022 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the RTDNA (Radio Television Digital News Association). WCBU was recognized for Overall Excellence, including our daily newsmagazine All Things Peoria, morning podcast On Deck, and other coverage. WCBU has never won this particular honor before. The RTDNA first began awarding Murrows in 1971.

Regional winners like WCBU automatically move on to the national round of the competition.

Illinois News Broadcasters Association

The INBA recognized WCBU with first place honors in its inaugural Crystal Mic Awards in 2021, in the Small Market Radio category.

  • Best Station - entire staff
  • Best Digital Presence - entire staff

Learn more about the winners.

Associated Press

The Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters contest was discontinued after 2020, replaced with the INBA's Crystal Mic Awards.

  • 2019 - Best Digital Presence - second place
  • 2015 - Best Light Feature ("Music and Surgery") - first place
  • 2014 - Best Spot News ("PSD 150 Controversy Persists") - first place
  • 2013 - Best Newscast - first place

Previous Murrow Awards

WCBU has previously earned regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.

  • 2013 - Audio Reporting: Hard News ("Peoria's Struggling Neighborhoods Get National Focus")
  • 2013 - Audio Continuing Coverage ("Don't Shoot Peoria")