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Unsheltered in Honolulu 2020: Edward R. Murrow Award For Top News Series


Hawaii Public Radio reporter Noe Tanigawa won the 2021 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for top news series for her coverage of unsheltered individuals in Chinatown and Honolulu. Tanigawa's submission included pieces from the following stories.

In Midst Of COVID-19, Medical Team Heals Wounds In Chinatown - July 13, 2020 

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Wound care, slow business and neighborhood beatification were all at play as Honolulu continued to weather the economic downturn brought on by the pandemic. Click here to read the full article or on The Conversation.

A walk with Chinatown's wound care team and an all too short visit at Manifest.

Organizations call on Honolulu to end homeless sweeps - Aug. 21, 2020

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In March 2020, the Honolulu Police Department and the city suspended homeless disruptions, but they resumed in May after HPD’s Provisional Outdoor Screening and Triage Center opened with a capacity of 200.

ACLU Executive Director Joshua Wisch contended that with community spread and COVID outbreaks at Oahu Community Correctional Center and homeless shelters, dispersing unsheltered people endangered the public. Find this segment on The Conversation

Josh Wisch, executive director, ACLU Hawaii

Being homeless at a Honolulu park - Aug. 21, 2020

Crane Park in Kapahulu has seen better times. Tanigawa met Jonathan, 42, from Kalihi. He was a transporter at VIP Trans, but with medical issues and bills he couldn't keep his job. He ended up on the street. As he told her, his job wanted him back but his medical condition had worsened.


Downtown-Chinatown Neighborhood Board - Nov. 13, 2020

The Downtown Chinatown Neighborhood Board met in late 2020 in a room at Aloha Tower. Among the many concerns, attendees were concerned about the congregation of unsheltered individuals seeking out support services in Chinatown. Surrounding businesses also hoped elected officials would take action in their community. Find this segment on The Conversation

Chinatown Neighborhood Board Meeting

Institute for Human Services executive director on addressing Oahu's homelessness - Dec. 18, 2020

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The Institute for Human Services offers a full range of services, care on the street, emergency shelter, stabilization, housing and employment placement. Executive Director Connie Mitchell said that as our understanding of homelessness grows, more targeted solutions follow. Ultimately, she said we need more housing. Find this segment on The Conversation.   

Connie Mitchell, executive director, Institute for Human Services

Formerly houseless man awaits new year, new beginning - Dec. 18, 2020

Have you been to Mokuleia lately? It's a huge, sandy beach with coral flats near the shore. Waves break closer to the horizon, then wrap around Kaena Point. Gary was homeless for three years on Mokuleia Beach. He said he was moving to an apartment and jobs in Wahiawa. Find this segment on the same episode.

Gary, formerly houseless

Full show, Dec. 18, 2020

The news team won three Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for coverage in 2020. Presented annually by the Radio Television Digital News Association, the Edward R. Murrow Awards are among the most prestigious in broadcast and digital news.

Regional winners automatically move on to the national round of the competition. HPR's region includes California, Hawai?i and Nevada.

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