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HPPR's David Condos wins National Murrow Award for his coverage of western Kansas

David Condos was honored with a prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award for his reporting on issues impacting western Kansas.

David Condos, a reporter for High Plains Public Radio and the Kansas News Service, has won a National Edward R. Murrow Award — one of the most prestigious prizes in broadcast journalism — for his coverage of western Kansas, its ongoing problems with water scarcity, its little-known history of racist violence and its complicated relationship with the meatpacking industry.

Condos won the award for Excellence in Writing and was selected as the national winner from among this year's regional Murrow award recipients across the country.

Condos is a reporter based in Hays for HPPR and the Kansas News Service, which is a statewide collaboration of public radio newsrooms. This is the first-ever national Murrow award for HPPR in the station’s 42-year history.

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) recognized his work for three stories written and reported in western Kansas:

See all of David Condos' reporting.

“A national organization recognized what’s obvious to people in Kansas, that David is a talented and serious journalist,” said Scott Canon, the managing editor of the Kansas News Service. “His work has brought important stories to a statewide and national audience. David’s ability to report complicated stories in easily digestible ways is a rare thing.”

The award was given based on “excellence in writing that conveys the feeling and significance of events to the listener or viewer.”

The Murrow Awards are among the most prestigious in news, recognizing the importance and impact of journalism as a service to the community. This year, only 26 NPR member stations nationwide won National Murrow Awards.

Condos also took homethree regional Edward R. Murrow Awards earlier this year.

Additionally, he received two national awards from the Public Media Journalists Association (PMJA): First place in Enterprise reporting for his series on racism in Kansas, “Race in the Free State,” and second place in Photojournalism for his photo of Elizabeth Dole at the funeral of former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole.

Condos will be recognized alongside all of the national Murrow award winners at the RTDNA’s gala in New York City in October.

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Karen Campbell