The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) recognized both KUOW-FM and the Seattle Channel with 2015 Kaleidoscope Awards, which honors outstanding achievements in the coverage of diversity.
The winning documentary “Honor Totem” produced by photographer and editor Ian Devier, was produced as part of city-operated Seattle Channel’s Community Stories series, which offers a window into the lives of Seattle’s under-served and diverse communities. Recent programs chronicled the 1981 murder of two union organizers fighting to improve conditions for Filipino workers in Northwest canneries, and delved into the wartime diaries of a Japanese American artist who offered an account of the lead-up to the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.
KUOW reporter Liz Jones was awarded for “Two Indias, Near And Far” which documents how Indian immigrants are the fastest-growing immigrant group in the country, and the pace of growth is even faster in the greater Seattle metropolitan area.
In Redmond, one in 10 residents are Indian. The influx of workers and families has shaped life on the Eastside, and it’s having ripple effects on life in India.
Jones traveled to South India for three weeks on an international reporting fellowship to explore the immigration trend.
The series was funded due to a grant from the Ford Foundation, administered by the International Center for Journalists. Carol Smith was the editor. (end)