SDPB Radio receives 2004 Murrow award South Dakota Public Broadcasting is proud to announce that SDPB Radio's Charles Michael Ray has won a 2004 national Edward R. Murrow Award in the investigative journalism category.
Ray received the award this week at a ceremony in New York City for his production Black Hills Hydrology.
The story examined the vulnerability of the Madison aquifer to contamination from to septic systems, livestock waste, and other non-point source pollution. The Madison provides drinking water to much of Western South Dakota but increased levels of pollution now being found in the area's waterways have some scientists concerned about the long term health of the water supply.
SDPB also received national recognition earlier this year for a half-hour radio piece titled Surviving on the Stream. The piece, produced by Ray, examined homelessness in Rapid City and won a Scripps Howard Award for best radio documentary. SDPB has previously received two national and countless regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.
Both Black Hills Hydrology and Surviving the Stream can be heard on SDPB.org by clicking on "Radio" and selecting "News Features" from the left-hand menu.