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Newsroom Awards

GLT’s newsroom is staffed with award-winning journalists.


GLT News has received 96 Illinois AP journalism awards since 1997.


  • Best Digital Presence (first place) – Recognizing overall excellence in online content, including reporting, writing, and photography, at, and on social media.
  • Best Reporter (first place) – Ryan Denham, GLT digital content director
  • Best Reporter (second place) – Judy Valente, GLT reporter
  • Best Light Feature (first place) – Jon Norton, GLT music director and Morning Edition host, for After Quiet Stretch, Thriving Bloomington-Normal Music Scene Makes Some Noise



The Illinois AP honored GLT for journalistic excellence with five awards for work in the Local Radio category in 2015. GLT received more awards than any other station in the division, the second year in a row for such a distinction.


For the first time in station history, WGLT was honored in 2015 with two national Edward R. Murrow awards for journalistic excellence in one year by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA).

GLT News won the coveted News Series award for the group of investigative reports, Police and Race in the Twin Cities. That also took honors in the Investigative Reporting category. The series was honored earlier this year with two regional Murrow awards, and defeated contenders from 13 other regions to gain the national acclaim.

This marks an unprecedented three national awards for GLT News for work done last year, all centered around the Police and Race series.

Listen to the award-winning series Police and Race in the Twin Cities.


GLT News was one of seven media outlets in the nation honored with the 2015 Kaleidoscope Award for reporting on cultural diversity in 2014. The award was developed with Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) together with UNITY: Journalists For Diversity as part of a shared commitment to developing news content and editorial staffs that reflect the changing face of America.

GLT is the national winner in the Small Market Radio division. (RTDNA considers stations to be in small markets if the metro area they serve is less than 1,014,900 in population.) The award highlights the GLT newsroom's "ongoing commitment to covering issues of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity: the cultural diversity of (its) community.”