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Cronkite Student Awards List

Announced in 2018

Broadcast Education Association’s annual Festival of Media Arts Competition

Student Newscast
Best of Festival: Maya Patrose, Chase Boeke and Jade Nicole Yeban, Cronkite News Nov. 16, 2017

Television Hard News
First (tie): Adriana De Alba, “Border Wall Encroaches on Texas Retirement Community,” Cronkite News
First (tie): Tyler Paley, “Aftermath of Las Vegas Shooting,” Cronkite News

Television Sports Talent (Anchor/Host)
First: Zac Pacleb, sports reel

Television Feature
Third: Adriana De Alba, “Kayenta Agricultural Program Helps Navajo Students,” Cronkite News

Television Sports Story/Feature
Award of Excellence: Troy Lynch, “Swimming Helps Horses for Race Day,” Cronkite News
Award of Excellence: Blake Benard, “A Unique Approach to Training,” Cronkite News

Television SportsNews Program 
Award of Excellence: Troy Lynch and Blaine McCormick, “ASU Football Show Episode 12,” SBNation: House of Sparky

Student Documentary-Short Form
Award of Excellence: Kristina Vicario, Louisa Stanwich and Allie Barton, “MANZO
Award of Excellence: Tyler Paley, “Fighting for Fearlessness,” Cronkite News (also appeared on Fox Sports Arizona and Arizona Horizon)

Educational Program
Award of Excellence: Adrienne St. Clair and Andrew Nicla, “In Focus DACA Special Report,” Cronkite News

EPPY Awards

Best College/University Investigative/Documentary Report
Winner: Carnegie-Knight News21’s “Hate in America” 

Hearst Journalism Awards

Overall: Ninth in nation
Broadcast: Fifth in nation
Writing: Eighth in nation
Multimedia: 11th in nation
Photo: 15th in nation

Photography: Ninth in nation

Photography: Eighth in nation

National Championship Television Broadcast News

Broadcast News
Finalist: Lillian Donahue

Category Winners

Television News
First: Lillian Donahue

Writing Breaking News
Second: Megan Janetsky

Multimedia – Enterprise
Seventh: Craig Johnson

Radio News and Features
Eighth: Bridget Dowd

Sports Writing
Eighth: Fabian Ardaya

Personality Profile
16th Mia Atkins                                                 

National Native Media Awards

TV – Best Feature
First: Adriana De Alba, “Veterinary Science,” Cronkite News
Second: Katie Bieri, “Border Wall,” Cronkite News

Print/Online – Best News Story 
First: Isaac Windes, “Advocates Worry FCC Changes to Lifeline Could Hit Indian Country Hard,” Cronkite News
Second: Lily Altavena, “Hopi High Hires Investigators to Examine Special Education,” Cronkite News 
Third: Tanner Stechnij, “Hopi to Elect New Leaders as Planned Plant Closure Threatens Tribe’s Financial Future,” Cronkite News

Print/Online – Best Feature Story
Second: Lauren Kaljur and Macee Beheler, “Native American Tribes Fight for Clean Water and More Money,” Carnegie-Knight News21 Troubled Water
Third: Taylor Notah, “Navajo School Instills Resilience in Diné Youth Through Language Continuance Efforts,” Cronkite News

General Excellence in Student Coverage
Second: Cronkite News

ONA Online Journalism Awards

Pro-Am Student Award
Winner: Carnegie-Knight News21’s “Troubled Water

David Teeuwen Student Journalism Award
Winner: Cronkite News “Leaving Tracks: The Capture of Wolf No. 1553

Rocky Mountain Emmy Student Production Awards

College Arts and Entertainment Cultural Affairs
Lillian Donahue, “The Duncan Dancers, a Family Affair,” Cronkite News

College Craft: Talent
Blaine McCormick, Cronkite News

College Newscast
Olivia Anderson, Haley Brand, Kevyn Gessner, Alessandra Luckey, Courtney Mally, Azucena Martinez, Demitria Pilatos and Ann Marie Schlup, “Full Circle,” Cronkite News

College News General Assignment Report
Lillian Donahue, “Aid Groups Caught in Border Battle,” Cronkite News

College Public Affairs/Community Service
Claire Caulfield, Brandon Kitchin, Jenna Miller, Corinne Roels,  Michael M. Santiago, Karl Schneider, Briana Smith, Jasmine Spearing-Bowen, Adrienne St. Clair and Nicole Tyau, “Troubled Water,” Carnegie-Knight News21

College Short Form: Non-Fiction
Amanda Mason, “Puerto Rico Recovery Six Months After Maria,” Cronkite News

College Sports
Tyler Paley, “DACA Boxer,” Cronkite News

Society of American Business Editors and Writers Best in Business Contest

Student Journalism — Projects and Collaborations
Winner: “Arizona Owners Can Lose Homes Over as Little as $50 in Back Taxes

Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards

Best Independent Online Student Publication
Winner: Staff of Downtown Devil 

Breaking News Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: Dustin Quiroz, “Peace please,” Cronkite News 

Broadcast Feature Videography
Winner: Kristina Vicario, Louisa Stanwich and Allie Barton, “MANZO

Broadcast News Videography
Winner: Lillian Donahue, “Trade drives rise of middle class in Mexico,” Querétaro: Promise of Prosperity for Mexico 

Broadcast Sports Videography
Winner: Tyler Paley, “Fighting for Fearlessness,” Cronkite News
Finalist: Sydney Cariel, “Forrest Snow: Ball player by day, musician by night,” Cronkite News 
Finalist: Troy Lynch, “Swimming helps horses for race day,” Cronkite News

Online/Digital News Videography
Winner: Melanie Abramoff, “Unstable ground in Pinal County,” Cronkite News

Online/Digital Sports Videography
Winner: Zac Pacleb, “GCU's Russell gets 'one shining moment' on Final Four floor,” Cronkite News
Finalist: Blake Benard, “A unique approach to training,” Cronkite News
Finalist: Luis Torres, “ASU wins triathlon championship at home,” The State Press

Online Feature Reporting
Winner: Kristina Vicario, “From right-hand man to a boss named Lefty,” Medium
Finalist: Lillian Donahue, “75 years later, family able to honor USS Oklahoma sailor killed in Pearl Harbor attack,” Hawaii News Now

Online News Reporting
Winner: Ryan Santistevan and Ben Moffat, “Opioid overdose deaths continue to mount,” Hooked Rx: From Prescription to Addiction
Finalist: Megan Janetsky and Johanna Huckeba, “Mexicans work to reclaim corn as their own,” Querétaro: Promise of Prosperity for Mexico

Online Opinion & Commentary
Winner: State Press Editorial Board, “Charlie Rose’s actions do not reflect excellence in journalism,”
Finalist: Ryan Boyd, “Phoenix Rising” columns, Downtown Devil 
Finalist: Faith Miller and Serena O'Sullivan, “Curtain Critic” columns, Downtown Devil

Radio In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Adrienne St. Clair, “Mexicans and Americans – A complicated relationship,” Cronkite News 
Finalist: Adrienne St. Clair and Andrew Nicla, “In focus: DACA special report,” Cronkite News

Television In-Depth Reporting
Winner: Lillian Donahue, “Trade drives rise of middle class in Mexico,” Querétaro: Promise of Prosperity for Mexico

Television Sports Reporting
Winner: Tyler Paley, “Fighting for fearlessness,” Cronkite News
Finalist: Kelly Broderick, “Ability360 uses basketball to inspire amputees,” Cronkite News
Finalist: Troy Lynch, “Swimming makes horses better prepared for racing,” Cronkite News 

Best All-Around Television Newscast
Finalist: Maya Patrose, Chase Boeke and Jade Nicole Yeban, Cronkite News: Nov. 16, 2017 newscast

Best Use of Multimedia
Finalist: Cassie Ronda, “Opioids and the body: the science of an overdose,” Cronkite News

Feature Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students
Finalist: Johanna Huckeba, “What's one more?” Cronkite News 

Online In-Depth Reporting
Finalist: Sophia Kunthara, “NAFTA changes would affect both sides of the border,” Querétaro: Promise of Prosperity for Mexico
Finalist: Joshua Bowling, “Arizona’s emergency rooms have treated thousands of addicts hooked on opioids,” Hooked Rx: From Prescription to Addiction 

Online Sports Reporting
Finalist: Brittany Bowyer, “The flipside of cheerleading: a prevalence of catastrophic injuries,” Cronkite News 

Online/Digital Feature Videography
Finalist: Blake Hemmel, “Innovative farming: Harvesting exotic plants in the Southwest,” Cronkite News
Finalist: Kristina Vicario, “From right-hand man to a boss named Lefty,” Medium

Radio Feature
Finalist: Roddy Nikpour, “In focus: Social media memorialization and ‘cybergraves,’” Cronkite News
Finalist: Ben Flores and Tea Francesca Price, “In focus: Service dog helps navigate life with autism,” Cronkite News

Radio News Reporting
Finalist: Freesia DeNaples and Tea Francesca Price, “In focus: What defunding Planned Parenthood could mean for Arizonans,” Cronkite News 

Sports Column Writing
Finalist: Paul Slobodzian, “ASU football should be able to attract top recruits; Phoenix is not the place to be for seasoned sports fans; CTE will be the end of football,” The State Press

Sports Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students
Finalist: Blake Benard, “Barry Bonds remains center of attention in return to alma mater,” Arizona Sports 

Television Breaking News Reporting
Finalist: Fortesa Latifi, “Steve Bannon comes to Tucson, hundreds protest,” Cronkite News 

Television Feature Reporting
Finalist: Adriana De Alba, “Agricultural program helps Navajo students on reservation,” Cronkite News 
Finalist: Sydney Isenberg, “Firefighters train to pass annual physical fitness test,” Cronkite News

Television General News Reporting 
Finalist: Drew Marine, “Battle over bison,” Cronkite News

Student Edward R. Murrow Awards

Student Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Digital Reporting
Carnegie-Knight News21’s “Troubled Water