Side Effects Public Media took home two national awards over the weekend for its reporting in 2018.  This included a first place honors from Public Radio News Directors Inc. for best collaborative effort for the The Workaround podcast.

Side Effects Public Media was honored this month for its coverage of mental health, the opioid crisis and other public health issues throughout 2018.

Four Side Effects reporters from WFYI/Indianapolis were named Journalists of the Year by the Indiana Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Lauren Bavis, Emily Forman, Araceli Gómez-Aldana and Jake Harper were announced as winners at a Friday ceremony in Indianapolis. 

This is the first time a group of journalists has been honored with the award rather than a single reporter. 

Side Effects Public Media received a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for The Workaround, the Radio Television Digital News Association announced today.

The Workaround was a six-episode podcast and multimedia project that examined the surprising – and sometimes shocking – things Americans do to overcome roadblocks in our health care system.

Bram Sable-Smith / KBIA/Side Effects Public Media

Side Effects Public Media and KBIA reporter Bram Sable-Smith has just received a 2018 Edward R. Murrow Award for his continuing coverage of the issues forcing hospitals in rural Missouri communities to close.

Sable-Smith was honored with the National Murrow Award for his story "Urgent for Care: Can Missouri's Poorest County Keep Its Hospital Alive?"

Side Effects Public Media reporter Jake Harper was recognized by the National Institute for Health Care Management for his reporting on how a drugmaker pushed lawmakers and courts to take steps that would increase the use of one of the company's drugs. This meant alternative medications were restricted. 

At the 24th annual NIHCM Research and Journalism Awards on June 5, Harper received honorable mention for the investigative reporting he did with NPR last year.  You can listen to Harper's stories below. 

Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association

Side Effects Public Media brought you in-depth stories throughout 2017 that focused on everything from the opioid crisis to challenges with open enrollment and so much more. Now our journalists are being honored for their reporting. We've just received six regional Associated Press Broadcasters awards for our work last year and we thought you'd enjoy reading these stories.


Here's a list of Side Effect's award winning features: