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 will be the recipient of this year’s Excellence in Consumer Financial Reporting Award. PRNDI and NEFE will present the award to KERA at the PRNDI annual conference in St. Louis on June 25.
The winning entry, “A Tale of Two Shoppers, Making Tough Decisions AtThe Register” follows two shoppers who have developed different strategies to try to stay within budget despite the stress on holiday gift-giving.
“Financial reporting is about real-life issues for every-day folks,” says Paul Golden, spokesperson for NEFE. “This story chronicles what just a couple of people are doing to manage their own personal finance. KERA did a great job following two shoppers and telling their stories.”
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.”
NEFE and PRNDI have teamed up this year for the second time 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. Bodarky and Golden agree that encouraging solid, fact-based reporting on personal finance will only encourage better personal finance for people from all walks of life. Golden says “Our partnership with PRNDI helps to recognize the tremendous financial reporting that is being done by public radio stations throughout the country.”