City Podcast Takes Home the Silver

Published on May 23, 2024


Media Contact:
Kate Ryan
Communications Program Specialist

KIRKLAND, Wash. – The City of Kirkland’s This Week in Kirkland Podcast has won Second Place in the 2024 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Award from the National Association of Government Communicators. This annual international awards program recognizes superior government communication products and those who produce them.

“My wife, Kristin, is a committed listener, and there are times when she is more informed on issues and upcoming events in Kirkland than I am,” said Councilmember Jon Pascal. “This is because the City prioritizes keeping all community members informed with timely information, and the podcast team has created a fun and informative format that allows us to reach people in a whole new way. I’m proud that the team has been recognized for another award for their outstanding achievements in producing the This Week in Kirkland program.”

The podcast is based on the City’s weekly email newsletter of the same name, which won third place in the Trust & Transparency category of Granicus’ international Digital Government Awards hosted in October 2023. The City launched its weekly podcast in September 2023.  From recreation programs to rebates, events to Council meeting info, the podcast covers it all. This Week in Kirkland provides timely topics and noteworthy news every Thursday.  It’s available on the City’s website or wherever you get your podcasts.