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Newsroom Awards

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

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

Regional 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")