Mayer awarded prestigious Murrow Award

Wednesday, November 16, 2022
(Photo Contributed) Kayla Mayer holds her Edward R. Murrow Student Award presented in October at the awards ceremony in New York City.

SIOUX CITY — Le Mars Gehlen Catholic graduate Kayla Mayer was one of the 10 recipients of the National Edward R. Murrow Student Award. 

“I was in shock,” said Mayer. “I had a feeling of disbelief. I knew what the award was and it’s a big deal.”

Mayer won the award for her audio story that aired in Summer 2021 on Siouxland Public Media-KWIT called “Feeding Siouxland: Local pantries meet the increased need.” Mayer completed an internship at KWIT under the direction of Sheila Brummer.

“Kayla wants to be a journalist who cares about the community, which is very important in this day and age,” said Brummer. “Receiving a National Edward R. Murrow Award is a huge deal.”

The audio story told the tale of how the Covid outbreak affected issues of food insecurity in Sioux City. Mayer interviewed representatives from the Midtown Community Center, Food Bank of Siouxland and the Community Action Agency. 

“The agencies noticed a difference from pre-Covid and after,” said Mayer. “I wanted to find out how they reached a point of adjustment to meet the needs.”

Mayer, a 2022 graduate of the University of St. Thomas, is a news video editor at the Minneapolis ABC affiliate KSTP.  During her internship Mayer did a lot of things for the KWIT afternoon newscast and was able to practice her reporting voice. 

“It was a really good experience,” Mayer said. 

Mayer and her family traveled to New York City in October for the Murrow Awards gala. 

“I was so honored to be around so many cool and amazing journalists,” said Mayer. “The recognition is great, but honestly it was a good experience to work on the story.”

Mayer’s audio story is available on the KWIT website at KWIT.org.

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