Rhode Island Public Radio provides award-winning journalism every year!   Below is a list of all the awards our staff has won, along with (where possible) links to the story that won the award.


The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession of electronic journalism.

RIPR competes in Region 10, Large Market Radio category, which includes stations in the bigger cities across Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts.


Each year, Public Radio News Directors, Inc recognizes the best of local public radio news in a wide array of categories.  The award winners are recognized at the PRNDI awards banquet during the annual conference.

RIPR competes against all other medium-market public radio stations in the United States.

  • 2012 First Place: Div B - Series (One Square Mile: Block Island)
  • 2012 Second Place: Div B - Interview (Duffy: Money Always Finds a New Door into Politics)
  • 2004 First Place: Div A - Best Use of Sound (Gay Wedding)
  • 2003 Second Place: Div A - Breaking News (Station Nightclub Fire)
  • 2003 First Place: Div A - Interview (Paula Vogel Interview)
  • 2000 First Place: Div A - Newscast
  • 2000 First Place: Div A - Weekly Program


  • 2015 - note: AP did not hold awards this year
  • 2014 Hard News Feature (Starting Junior High as a Transgender Student)
  • 2013 Hard News Feature (The Financial Challenges to Staying in School)
  • 2013 Feature Reporting (Ornament Manufacturer Call RI Home)
  • 2011 Sports Feature (RI Takes Unique Approach Toward Athlete Concussions)
  • 2011 Use of Sound (Girls Rock!)
  • 2010 Public Affairs (Political Roundtable)
  • 2010 Use of Sound (Foster Parrots)
  • 2010 Continuing Coverage (Health Care Reform)
  • 2010 Hard News Feature (Newport's Homeless Students)
  • 2010 Feature Reporting (A Different Kind of Ballet Class)
  • 2009 Use of Sound (Clagett Regatta)
  • 2008 Use of Sound (Police Mounted Patrol)
  • 2008 General News Reporting (Kids on the Fringe)
  • 2008 Continuing Coverage (RI Foster Care)
  • 2005 Public Affairs (Brain Drain)
  • 2004 News Station of the Year
  • 2004 Enterprise Reporting (Fire Funds)
  • 2004 Public Affairs (Focus: Rhode Island)
  • 2003 News Station of the Year
  • 2003 Use of Sound (Dylan at Newport)
  • 2003 Public Affairs (Focus: Rhode Island)
  • 2003 Feature Reporting (Cathy's Story)
  • 2003 Continuing Coverage (Mayor Cianci's Downfall)
  • 2002 Feature Reporting (Agritainment)
  • 2002 Enterprise Reporting (Probation Crisis)
  • 2002 Public Service (Insuring our Health)
  • 2001 News Station of the Year
  • 2001 Enterprise Reporting (Prison Mental Health)
  • 2000 Enterprise Reporting (URI Racial Climate)
  • 2000 Continuing Coverage (HMO Collapse)
  • 2000 Use of Sound (Outdoor Shakespeare)
  • 2000 Feature Reporting (Poetry Slam)
  • 1999 Investigative Reporting (Victims Compensation Fund)
  • 1999 Enterprise Reporting (Seniors with HIV)


"Different Voices, One Conversation". Rhode Island for Community & Justice (RICJ) presents the annual Metcalf Awards for Diversity in the Media to commemorate the work of outstanding journalists and media producers in the Rhode Island area.