KALA Students Win National and Regional Awards


Three St. Ambrose students were among those recognized by the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association (MBJA).

On April 4, MBJA announced the winners of its annual Eric Sevareid Awards. The awards honor student and professional journalists working in radio and television across a six-state region.

St. Ambrose senior Sharon (Adasme) Bentley received an Award of Merit in the "Best Newscast" category for her Nov. 5, 2019 newscast "KALA News Today." The bi-weekly student newscast ended in December so Bentley could focus on the creation of her six-episode podcast "Melody of the Music Department." In the show, Bentley invites guests from the St. Ambrose Music Department to share what makes their program unique. She also talks with non-music majors who benefit from music scholarships offered through the SAU Music Department.

Senior Brad Burton and sophomore Logen Howell also received an Award of Merit from the MBJA for their Aug. 7, 2019 episode of "Unsportsmanlike Conduct." Their show airs 7-9 p.m. every Wednesday on KALA 106.1 FM.

In March, the same three students were also recognized for their work by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS). The competition is open to high school and college media outlets from across the nation. This year, they received thousands of submissions.

Burton and Howell attended the March awards ceremony in New York City, along with KALA Operations Manager, David Baker. The two were finalists in the "Best Sports Interview" category. The submission was from an episode of "Unsportsmanlike Conduct" where the hosts interviewed SAU graduate and retired ABC sportscaster John Cloghessy.

Bentley's Nov. 5, 2019 newscast won the top award in the IBS competition. She was awarded first place in the "Best Newscast" category for "KALA News Today."

Each year, KALA also submits content in professional categories.

This year, the "Relevant or Irrelevant" team was recognized with an "Award of Merit" from the MBJA in the "Talk/Public Affairs Category" for Episode 318: Creating the Black Utopia of Buxton, Iowa. Their show airs at 9:30 p.m. every Friday on KALA. You can also find the show on the KALA SoundCloud account.

SAU students Brad Burton, Logen Howell, and Sharon Bentley were honored with awards from the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association and the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System.

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