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WHRO Public Media Awards 2023

WHRO Public Media has been honored to win several awards recently. From our Work Like A Girl series, to advertising awards for promotions, we are excited to celebrate these achievements. 

“WHRO Public Media is committed to delivering outstanding content that enriches and educates our community. We are honored by the these awards and nominations,” stated Bert Schmidt, president and CEO of WHRO.

Below is a list of our 2023 Awards.

Public Media Journalists Association

Second Place: Use of Sound - Audio Postcard: Peach Picking in Virginia Beach

Public Media Awards

Excellence in Education - The industry's top award! Making a Digital Difference

The WHRO Education Team provides high-quality content, services, and resources for various audiences. In the period spanning from July 2022 to June 2023, the team accomplished an extraordinary feat by collectively developing over 2,500 learning objects, crafting four comprehensive high school online courses, building one enriching middle school online course, and delivering a professional development course that empowers educators. But that's not all; their innovation extended beyond traditional formats as they also developed learning interactivities, engaging videos, eMediaVA (WHRO's statewide digital repository) collections, and even two captivating online games.

Radio – Local Storytelling Working Virginia Series

“Working Virginia” probes how Virginians feel about their jobs. From day laborers to federal agents and CEOs, they all see work as a reflection of their values and sense of self. The series – an idea borrowed from the legendary journalist Studs Terkel - collects the stories and images of Virginians across the commonwealth and through many communities.

Promotion Strawberry Fields Gose Beer Branding

As part of the Time Machine Radio launch, Smartmouth Brewery in Norfolk created a limited-release beer for WHRO. Everyone loved the Strawberry Fields Gose. 20,000 beer cans were distributed regionally at local events/Harris Teeter, and the opening party was one of Smartmouth Brewing's biggest nights with Strawberry Fields being the most poured beer with 2500 pours.

Special Events WHRO's Great Music Library Giveaway - 2023

Hundreds of people showed up to search through the thousands of CDs and LPs looking for treasures at WHRO's Great Music Library Giveaway. Hundreds of people showed up to search through the thousands of CDs and LPs looking for treasures at WHRO's Great Music Library Giveaway. Among the LPs were classic recordings, some very rare and valuable, especially those featuring great opera singers of the past. Music fans of all genres searched for their favorite jazz, rock, acoustic, bluegrass and classical artists. Within 2 days, registrations had reached the attendee cap of 1,000.

Telly Awards


Curate Season 7, Episode 6 Television-Cultural

The Curate series explores the thriving art scene in our own backyard and across America. Each week, the program features a Hampton Roads artist, along with artists from across the country. Watch the series

Curate 757: Xavier Darryl Lewis Non-Broadcast - Arts & Cultural

Xavier Darryl Lewis is a unique and original voice in the Hampton Roads contemporary art scene. A a painter, using bold colors and dynamic graphics applied to a variety of unexpected surfaces, or as a rocking musician, he always leans into his punk rock roots. Watch the episode.


Curate 757: Season 7 Online - Series: Documentary

African American History: Integration at E.C. Glass High School Non-Broadcast - Social Impact

African American History: Black Watermen Non-Broadcast - Diversity & Inclusion

GreenBeats: We Sing Her Story Online - Green/Eco-Friendly

Old Dominion University Alumni Honors: Lt. Governor Winsome Earle-Sears Non-Broadcast - Educational Institution

Curate 757: Dathan Kane Online - Cultural & Lifestyle

Curate 757: Jean Benvenuto Non-Broadcast - Arts & Cultural

Curate 757: Maurice Spector Online - Cultural & Lifestyle

Curate 757: Maya Lin Online - Museums & Galleries

Curate 757: Elbert Watson Online - Biography

Curate 757: CHKD Children's Pavilion Non-Broadcast - Fitness, Health & Wellness



African American History Videos: Cuffeytown Online - Education & Training

Lifelong Learning – PSA city of Norfolk Promotional Video - Educational Institution

Music Library Giveaway Promotional Video - Not-for-profit

Old Dominion University Alumni Honors: Chief Judge Penney Azcarate Promotional Video - Educational Institution

Curate 757: Kristen Skees Online - Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle

The InHEIRitance Project Online - D&I

Curate 757: Not For the Weak Records Non-Broadcast - Lifestyle

Emmy Awards

Chesapeake Heritage (Short Form Content)

Maya Lin Mike Diller, Producer/Director

Public Service Announcement (Single Spot)

GreenBeats: We Sing Her Story Ken Nishimoto, Animator & Skye Zentz, Writer/Composer

Education / Schools (Short Form Content)

Elbert Watson Neil Grochmal, Producer/Editor

Societal Concerns (Short Form Content)

The InHEIRitance Project Kendrick Hopkins Jr., Director/Producer/Videographer/Editor

Virginia Association of Broadcasters Awards

Best Human Interest Series The Formula Fairy (WHRV FM) Ryan Murphy/Mechelle Hankerson

Best Radio Personality or Team       Jerry Carter-Afternoon Drive (WFQS FM)

Outstanding News Series Flooding Farmland: Eastern Virginia Farmers (WHRO TV)

Outstanding Newscast Local Newscast Doug Boynton (WHRV FM)

View past awards: 2022 | 2021 | 2020