The Annual Missouri Broadcasters Association Contest Recognizes Quality and Achievement
Both stations provide hands-on, real-media experiences for Missouri School of Journalism students. KOMU, mid-Missouri’s NBC affiliate, is the only university-owned commercial television station in the U.S. that uses its newsroom as a learning lab for students. KBIA has been ranked as one of the top 10 NPR affiliates for more than 25 years.
MBA encourages the highest standards in broadcasting by recognizing samples of excellence and achievement. More than 700 entries in 20 different categories were considered for the awards.
KOMU received 10 of the awards, including six first-place honors, in the following categories:
- First Place, Best Weathercast, for former KOMU-TV meteorologist Rosie Newberry.
- First Place, Documentary/Public Affairs, for “No 1 Left Behind,” a special one-hour documentary that chronicled the struggles of homeless veterans in Mid-Missouri.
- First Place, Feature Reporting, for World Series coverage.
- First Place, Promotion, for “KOMU 8 News Promise.”
- First Place, Special Programs, for “No 1 Left Behind.”
- First Place, Website, for www.komu.com.
- Certificate of Merit, Complete Newscast.
- Certificate of Merit, Documentary/Public Affairs, for “Town Square – Bullying.”
- Certificate of Merit, Feature Reporting, for “Deaf Church” by KOMU News anchor Brittany Pieper.
- Certificate of Merit, Sports Reporting, for “Special Season” by radio-television senior Mihir Bhagat.
KBIA earned five awards, including three first-place honors.
- First Place, Documentary/Public Affairs for “Youth in Ferguson: ‘I want more for my city than what it is now‘” by Katie Hiler, Bram Sable-Smith, Hope Kirwan and Austin Federa.
- First Place, News Story, for “Healthy Nevada” by Katie Hiler.
- First Place, Special Programs, for “Heartland, Missouri” by Abigail Keel and Ryan Famuliner, with producers Casey Morell and Janet Saidi.
- Certificate of Merit, Best Radio News Website, for KBIA.org and the other KBIA Web properties.
- Certificate of Merit, Special Programs, for “Paul Pepper: Brian and Ameila Cottle, Alzheimer’s Research” by Paul Pepper, James Mouser, Travis McMillen and Pat Akers.
KOMU 8 is an auxiliary enterprise of the University of Missouri and is expected to generate all revenues for station operations. Its operations and investments in broadcast technology are funded entirely by advertising and retransmission revenues. The station receives no funding from the university or state.
Updated: September 8, 2020