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KJZZ Wins 3 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

KJZZ has won three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for news coverage in 2020.

The announcement was made Thursday by the Radio Television Digital News Association

KJZZ won in the Hard News; Excellence in Writing; and Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion categories.

Revisit the award-winning stories from Kendal Blust, Rodrigo Cervantes and Nicholas Gerbis.

Hard News: Some Sonoran Students, Families Struggle For Education Amid The Pandemic

As part of the series " COVID-19 In Arizona: 6 Months In," Kendal Blust explored how  schooling is going south of the border. Many people were struggling to adapt to new distance learning in Mexico, where going to class now means watching TV — for those who have access to one.

Excellence In Diversity, Equity And Inclusion:Mexicans Of African Descent Fight For Recognition

Mexico has a rich African heritage but also an adjacent history of oblivion. Rodrigo Cervantes told the story of Afro descendants in Mexico fighting to be respected and recognized

Excellence In Writing: COVID-19 Coverage

Nicholas Gerbis's collection of stories about COVID-19 in Arizona explored the long-term effects of the disease, and what it has been like for  scientists who continued research during the pandemic, as well as those who are  experiencing homelessness.

Winners move on to the national round of judging, which will be announced later this year. 

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Senior digital editor Sky Schaudt joined KJZZ in 2015. Prior to working at KJZZ, Schaudt was a digital news editor at azcentral.com for nearly a decade.