WFIU and WTIU Win 24 Awards in Regional and National Contests

(BLOOMINGTON) – WFIU Public Radio and WTIU Public Television earned a combined 24 awards in recent regional and national competitions.

WTIU received five NATAS Lower Great Lakes Emmy Awards last Saturday at the 2019 Emmy Gala in Cleveland. The Lower Great Lakes Emmy Awards recognize excellence in television among its members in Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

Two of WTIU’s local series were honored, including The Friday Zone with two awards in the children’s programming category and The Weekly Special with an award for best feature or segment in the sports category. In addition, WTIU’s locally-produced documentaries Beautiful by Design: The Indiana University Bloomington Campus and The Music Makers of Gennett Records each received an Emmy in the cultural documentary category.

On the same evening as the Emmys, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated presented WFIU News with two PRNDI awards at its banquet in Washington, D.C. WFIU News took home second place awards in the Breaking News and Newscast categories.

The PRNDI Awards is the only national contest recognizing outstanding public radio news reporting at local stations.

On May 21, the national Telly Awards named WTIU and IU Radio and Television Services the winners of 17 awards in its 40th annual competition, which honors excellence in video and television across all screens.

WTIU documentaries Indiana’s Wild Landscape, Beautiful by Design: The Indiana University Bloomington Campus, The Music Makers of Gennett Records all earned Gold Telly Awards in the respective television categories of nature/wildlife, educational institution, and writing. 

The Music Makers of Gennett Records also won a Silver Telly Award for television history and two Bronze Tellys for use of music and sound/sound design in television.

Other local documentaries honored with Tellys include Clessie Cummins: Hoosier Inventor with a Silver for television biography, and The Gennett Suite, which received a Bronze for television entertainment. WTIU’s series The Weekly Special picked up four Silver Telly Awards for television videography/cinematography, sports, and editing and one Bronze Telly Award for television entertainment. Two digital-only features on the Eastern Box Turtle and an amateur paleontologist from Martinsville, Indiana earned a respective Silver for nature/wildlife and Bronze for information in the non-broadcast category. IU Radio and Television Services also received a Silver and Bronze Telly in the non-broadcast category for biography.

With the latest Emmy, PRNDI, and Telly wins, WFIU and WTIU have now earned a combined total of 65 awards for their work in 2018, including three Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, 15 Indiana Associated Press Broadcaster Awards, and 23 Indiana Society of Professional Journalists Awards.

About WFIU

WFIU Public Radio is south central Indiana’s source for news and classical and jazz music, broadcasting from the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington. The station is one of the original 90 charter members of NPR, and currently offers programming from that network and other national and regional program providers. WFIU offers two program services, available in Bloomington at 103.7 FM and 101.9 FM, and online at

About WTIU

WTIU Public Television is licensed to Indiana University and has been broadcasting from the Bloomington campus for 50 years. The station serves all or part of 29 counties in central Indiana, including the cities of Bedford, Bloomington, Columbus, and Terre Haute, and the communities of Bloomfield, Linton, Martinsville, Nashville, Seymour, and Spencer. WTIU airs both PBS programming and three locally-produced weekly series—Journey Indiana, The Friday Zone, and Indiana Newsdesk—as well as daily news breaks.