The Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), in partnership with the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE), proudly announce that Courtney Collins and the news staff at KERA in North Texas have received the first-ever Excellence in Consumer Financial Reporting Award. PRNDI and NEFE will present the award to KERA at the PRNDI annual conference in Salt Lake City on June 27.
The winning series, “One Crisis Away,” puts a human face on the struggles of people in North Texas, where one in three would not be able to survive financially for 90 days after experiencing an emergency like a medical crisis or job loss. The series features four families going through the all-too-common challenges of living on the financial edge.
“The news team at KERA has done an exceptional job presenting the vulnerabilities that many people experience when they live with modest financial means,” says Paul Golden, spokesperson for NEFE. “We’re pleased to partner with PRNDI on this award to recognize the tremendous financial reporting that is being done by public radio stations throughout the country.”
Collins, the lead reporter of the series, graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 2004. Before joining KERA in 2011, she was a reporter for NPR member station WAMU in Washington D.C. During her time at KERA, Collins has won awards from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors, the Texas Medical Association and the Houston Press Club. She also produces the daily KERA local-news segment during NPR’s “All Things Considered.”
This is the first time NEFE is teaming up with PRNDI to present the financial reporting award, which aims to promote coverage of consumer personal finance. George Bodarky, president of PRNDI, says public media stations nationwide submitted a wide range of coverage.
“We play an important role in helping to inform people of what’s relevant and accurate,” Bodarky says. “There is a lot of misinformation and biased opinions out there. The more high-quality consumer personal finance reporting we can provide, the more equipped people will be to make solid decisions.”