2022 Student Award Winners

Cronkite students have won more awards than any other school in the nation. Please take a look at our 2022 winners below.

Broadcast Education Association (BEA)

Top overall school

Top news programs

Top sports programs

Edward R. Murrow Award

Cronkite News 2 Go
Emma VandenEinde, Michael Baribault and Kamilah William

EPPY Awards

Best feature story on a college/university website
Gaslit (runner up)

Best video on a college/ university website

Best college/ university investigative/ documentary

Greg Crowder Memorial Photojournalism Award

Image Gallery

First Place – Alex Gould

Hearst Journalism Awards

Audio News/Features
Twentieth place: “Pregnant people aren’t getting COVID vaccine, health providers worry” – Karen Marroquin

Exploratory Writing
Fourth place: “Diversifying the pack: Cross fostering helps Mexican wolf population boost genetic mix” – Christopher Howley
Tenth place: “Advocates spotlight an overlooked cause of maternal mortality: mental health” – Mikenzie Hammel

Feature Writing Competition – Second Place
Dubbing ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ into Navajo Language” – Kiera Riley

Multimedia Digital News/Enterprise Story
Twelfth place: “One of the last true great American twirlers” – Ike Everard

Multimedia Innovative Storytelling and Audience Engagement
Thirteenth place: “Breaking the stigma of arts through pursuing music as an Asian American student” – Judah Brody

Multimedia Narrative Video Storytelling
Eight place: “What the New Stimulus Plan Means for College Students” – Travis Robertson
Fourteen place: “Herberger student who lost his job due to Covid-19 starts his own business selling vintage clothes” – Drake Presto

Personality/Profile Writing
Eighteen place: “‘It was an open country’: Gadsden resident reflects on life along the border” – Samantha Byrd

Photojournalism I – News and Features
First place: Photo Collection – Alberto Mariani
Thirteen place: Photo Collection – Samantha Chow

Photojournalism II – Picture Story/Series
Fourth place: “The Western Way of Life” – Marlee Smith

Seventh place: “Last Chance Yuma: Thriving Arizona Western soccer program bonds a community” – Amiliano Fragoso
Ninth place: “Rez ball rebirth in Chinle: Navajo Nation rebounds as pandemic takes its toll” – Gabrielle Ducharme

Television Features
Twentieth place: “Rodeo Team” and “Trailblazing football coach makes a comeback” – Zachary Larsen

Television II – News
Second place: “Eating Disorders Increase,” “Graffiti Busters” and “Therapeutic Foster Care” – Faith Abercrombie
Fourth place:  “Downwinders,” “Point in Time” and “School Bus Driver Shortage” – Raven Payne

Writing Championship
Fields of dreams: How farming and football helped Eloy harvest NFL talent” –  Andrew Lwowski

Los Angeles Press Club

Best News Writing, Off Campus Issues – Print or Online
‘Be bold. Be courageous’: Gabby Giffords opens Gun Violence Memorial in LA” – David Rodish

Best Sports Writing – Print or Online
’They ‘just want to play:’ The history of girls in the Little League World Series” – David Rodish

Best Personality Profile, Off Campus Personalities – Any Platform – Third Place
First LGBTQ+ mariachi group is paving the way for the next generation” – Amanda Day

Best Feature Writing, Off Campus – Finalist
Joshua trees are first plant to get California protections because of climate change” – Jude Binkley

National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences – Student Production Awards

College News Report – Serious or Light
Eating Disorders Increase” – Faith Abercrombie

College Multimedia Journalist
Bee Theft” – Karen Marroquin

College Video Essay
Documentary: Hope Coach Drivers” – Miles Green

College Public Affairs / Community Service
“Case By Case” – Kamilah Williams

College Sports Story or Segment 
“Xavier Prep Softball Dedication” – Benjamin Garcia
“Athletes in Conflict”  – Zach Larson, Ryan Blank, Conor McGill, Ike Everard, Austin Ford

College Sports Program
“Cronkite Sports Report”  – Ike Everard

College Talent – News or Sports
Weather and Sustainability Reporter

Evan Lis

Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) Awards

Projects and collaborations

Stories for student media outlets

Washington, D.C. coverage, including: Gun reform, Migrant labor, Street vendors. – Neetish Basnet

Society of Professional Journalists – Mark of Excellence (National)

Best Independent Online Student Publication
The State Press

Broadcast/Online Sports Videography
Rush: Jackson He” – Drake Presto

Editorial Cartooning
Reed Steiner, The State Press

Feature Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students – Finalist
The Drag Show Must Go On: 4Some Revue Adjusts to Performing During Pandemic” – Alina Nelson

In-Depth Reporting (Large) 10,000+ Students
Little Victims Everywhere” – The Howard Center for Investigative Journalism 

Radio Feature
Arizona’s RUF Nation Puts Indigenous Roots on Display Through Combat Athletics” – David Montoya

Radio In-Depth Reporting – Finalist
Pinal County Farmer Struggles to Grow Crops With Less Water,” – Emma VandenEinde

Radio Sports Reporting – Finalist
You’re it!’ Local Parkour Athlete Plays, Commentates Competitive Tag” – Henry Greenstein and David Payne

Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students
Last chance Yuma: Thriving Arizona Western Soccer Program Bonds a Community” – Amiliano Fragoso

Television General News Reporting
Water Pipeline” – Katelyn Keenehan

Society of Professional Journalists – Mark of Excellence (Regional)

Best Use of Multimedia – Finalist

Breaking News Reporting (Print/Online, Large, 10k+ students)
Arizona officials decry, delight in Supreme Court ending abortion rights” – Neetish Basnet

In-Depth Reporting (Print/Online, Large, 10k+ students)
‘I’m tired’: Teachers face mental health crisis due to low pay, pandemic stress, scant support” – Cami Parrish

Data Visualization

Photo Essay/Slideshow
In focus: Migrants languish in Mexico’s chaotic immigration system” – Taylor Bayly

Radio Feature
Hopi Tribe translates election material into Hopi language” – Autriya Maneshni

Princeton Review

Best College Radio Station
Blaze Radio