CBC Alberta journalists pick up 12 RTDNA awards

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The Radio Television Digital News Association of Canada (RTDNA) gave CBC journalists in Calgary and Edmonton the nod for 12 of its coveted annual regional awards.  (CBC News - image credit)
The Radio Television Digital News Association of Canada (RTDNA) gave CBC journalists in Calgary and Edmonton the nod for 12 of its coveted annual regional awards. (CBC News - image credit)

CBC Calgary and CBC Edmonton have racked up 12 Radio Television Digital News Association of Canada awards for the Prairie region.

The winning stories ranged from the devastation left by the deaths of several men by suicide in Medicine Hat, to making sense of the COVID pandemic through graphs and charts, to a forum on systemic racism, the quest for accountability after a child died in care, the secret lives of ghost towns and much more.

The RTDNA Canada Awards honour the best journalists, programs, stations and newsgathering organizations working in video, audio and digital.

"In a year where public broadcasting and great journalism matters most, I'm so proud that our amazing team was recognized for their contributions in radio, video and online," said Helen Henderson, senior director of journalism and programming for CBC Calgary.

"We're grateful to Calgarians for sharing their stories, not just of COVID, but of important social, political and environmental issues."

These CBC submissions received RTDNA Prairie Region Awards:

Video:

CBC Edmonton News at 6 host/producer Nancy Carlson, supported by operations, newsroom and control room teams, won the RTDNA regional award for the best TV newscast in a large market.
CBC Edmonton News at 6 host/producer Nancy Carlson, supported by operations, newsroom and control room teams, won the RTDNA regional award for the best TV newscast in a large market.(CBC)

Radio:

Alberta@Noon host Judy Aldous, shown here, producer Heather Moriarty and associate producer technicians Dave Waddell and Mackenzie Meyer won for best continuing coverage, radio.
Alberta@Noon host Judy Aldous, shown here, producer Heather Moriarty and associate producer technicians Dave Waddell and Mackenzie Meyer won for best continuing coverage, radio.(CBC)

Digital:

The Teck Elkford Operations open-pit coal mine in southeastern British Columbia, as seen from Mount Erickson.
The Teck Elkford Operations open-pit coal mine in southeastern British Columbia, as seen from Mount Erickson.(Robson Fletcher/CBC)
Serenity was just four years old when she died in care.
Serenity was just four years old when she died in care.(Michael McArthur/CBC)

"Over the past year, our teams of journalists tackled the challenges of reporting on critical issues in our province during the pandemic, and it's a tremendous honour to be recognized for this important work," said Stephanie Coombs, director of journalism and programming for CBC Edmonton.

"These awards reflect an incredible amount of teamwork and creativity, and most importantly, a commitment to telling stories that matter to Albertans."

The winners of the Prairie awards will go on to the national RTDNAs, competing against the winners in the West, Central and East regions. These awards will be announced in a virtual event on June 3.

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