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RTDNA/NEFE personal finance award winners named

August 31, 2021

Posted by Chris Roush

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) have announced the winners of the 2021 Excellence in Personal Finance Reporting Awards.

The awards recognize the best in personal finance reporting. Three awards for digital, TV and radio reporting will be presented at RTDNA21, where the winners will take part in a panel discussion to break down their award-winning pieces and share key reporting tools and best practices.

The 2021 winners are:


Robert Powell, retirement columnist, MarketWatch.com

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Robert Powell is an award -winning personal finance journalist whose work appears in MarketWatch.com, USA Today, TheStreet.com, The Wall Street Journal, and AARP. He is the editor and publisher of TheStreet’s Retirement Daily. Powell also serves as the co-founder of finStream.tv; the editor of the Retirement Management Journal; the host of the Exceptional Advisor podcast; and an instructor in Salem State University’s Online Elder Planning Specialist program. Previously, Powell served as the editor of Retirement Weekly and the editor of Mutual Fund Market News. He was the co-author of “Decoding Wall Street,” an investment primer published by McGraw-Hill.


Chris Chmura, consumer investigative reporter, KNTV-TV / NBC Bay Area

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Chris Chmura is the consumer investigative reporter at KNTV-TV, NBC Bay Area in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 2016, Chmura and his team have responded to thousands of viewers’ consumer complaints and helped those viewers recover more than $5.7M. His team is responsible for changing corporate policies, inspiring revisions to state law, and relentlessly bugging countless PR people. Prior to joining KNTV-TV, Chmura worked as Consumer Reporter at WTVT-TV in Tampa. He’s also an alumnus of The Associated Press, where he worked in its Washington, D.C. broadcast bureau. Chris is a graduate of the University of Florida.


Stephannie Stokes, reporter, WABE 90.1 FM, Atlanta’s NPR station

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Stephannie Stokes is a reporter for the NPR station in Atlanta, WABE 90.1 FM, where she covers housing issues. Her work explores the racial and social inequities that influence where people live and the consequences for their families’ health, education and wealth. Her stories have aired nationally on NPR, Marketplace and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. In Atlanta, public officials also have changed policies and laws in response to her reporting. She has received several local, regional and national awards from organizations including the Atlanta Press Club, Georgia Associated Press Media Editors and the Public Media Journalists Association.

These awards are presented as part of the two organizations’ ongoing efforts to encourage radio, television and online news outlets to report on personal finance issues.

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