KUNR wins national Murrow Award for best sports reporting

Reynolds School alumna Stephanie Serrano awarded for her student reporting of Reno 1868 FC

Stephanie Serrano collects sound of the fans from a Reno 1868 game for her story.

Woman stands with headphones and a microphone in front for a crowd of people.

KUNR Reno Public Radio earned a national Murrow Award for best sports reporting in the small market radio category this month for Reynolds School of Journalism alumna Stephanie Serrano's story about Reno 1868 FC. Serrano reported as a student at the Reynolds School on the growing fan base of Reno's local soccer team.

The Murrow Awards are selected by the Radio Television Digital News Association. They honor outstanding achievements in electronic journalism, awarding news stations, networks, syndication services, program services and digital news organizations.

The award-winning story was produced through an innovative collaboration between KUNR and Noticiero Móvil, a bilingual media news source at the Reynolds School. The partnership is aimed at providing Spanish/English bilingual news in Northern Nevada and training the next generation of bilingual journalists.

"In the past few years, KUNR has built a reporting internship program from the ground up. We care deeply about mentoring developing reporters, and we have also prioritized the growth of local, bilingual radio content," Michelle Billman, KUNR news director, said. "Stephanie's hard work, and this remarkable recognition of her work, solidifies those efforts and shows KUNR's commitment to serving our community."

Serrano is a 2017 graduate of the Reynolds School. At the time she reported on Reno 1868 FC, she worked as a bilingual news intern for KUNR and with Noticiero Móvil.

"It's truly remarkable that Stephanie earned a prestigious Murrow Award as a student competing against veteran professionals," said Reynolds School Dean Al Stavitsky. "We couldn't be prouder to count her among our outstanding alumni."

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