CENTENNIAL, Colo. – April 26, 2012 –  Colorado Public Radio’s (CPR) news team was recently honored with a regional Edward R. Murrow Award and two National Headliner Awards.

General Assignment Reporter Megan Verlee’s story about an alligator handling class, "Getting Hands-On at Colorado Gators," won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for best use of sound. Since 1971, the Radio Television Digital News Association has presented Edward R. Murrow Awards to honor outstanding achievements in electronic journalism. Verlee's story also won first place in the category for feature or human interest story from the National Headliner Awards, one of the oldest and largest annual contests recognizing excellence in journalism.

Additionally, General Assignment Reporter Ben Markus’ "Local Firefighters Honor 9/11 First Responders" won third place in the category for breaking news or continuing coverage from the National Headliner Awards. The story also won a Colorado Broadcaster Association Award for best single event news coverage.

“We’re honored that two very different types of stories were recognized,” said Kelley Griffin, CPR news director. "It's a nice reflection of the range of reporting we do about the state, from the intense and touching story about the firefighters' 9/11 tribute to the off-beat and funny visit to Colorado Gators Reptile Park.

Colorado Public Radio is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides 24-hour, in-depth news and music to about 460,000 listeners each week (Source: Arbitron, 2011). More than 90 percent of CPR's funds come from the private support of listeners, businesses and foundations.

News: Denver 90.1 FM, Boulder 1490 AM, Pueblo 1230 AM, Vail 89.9 FM, Grand Junction 89.5 FM, Montrose / Craig / Parachute 88.3 FM, Gunnison 88.5 FM, Ouray 91.5 FM, Meeker / Rangely 91.1 FM, and online at www.cpr.org.

Classical Music: Denver 88.1 FM, Boulder 99.9 FM, Pueblo 91.9 FM, Colorado Springs 94.7 FM, Glenwood Springs 90.5 FM, Aspen 101.5 FM, Western Slope 103.3 FM, Dove Creek 88.7 FM, Gunnison 89.1 FM, Cortez 102.5 FM, Crystal River Valley / Old Snowmass 93.9 FM, Thomasville 93.7 FM, and online at www.cpr.org.

OpenAir: Denver 1340 AM. Online at www.openaircpr.org