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Newsroom Awards

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

Murrow Awards

WCBU earned its second consecutive Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in 2023, 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.

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

Public Media Journalists Association

A national awards competition.



Illinois News Broadcasters Association Crystal Mic Awards


  • Best Station (second place)
  • Best Digital Presence (second place)


  • Best Station
  • Best Reporter – Joe Deacon


  • Best Station
  • Best Digital Presence

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.

  • 2022 - Overall Excellence
  • 2013 - Audio Reporting: Hard News ("Peoria's Struggling Neighborhoods Get National Focus")
  • 2013 - Audio Continuing Coverage ("Don't Shoot Peoria")