Thursday, April 12, 2012

Regional Murrows For VPR News

We're happy to report that VPR News was honored with seven New England regional Edward R. Murrow awards today by the Radio Television Digital News Association. RTDNA recognizes radio stations in 14 different categories.

VPR was recognized for a wide variety of work, from our coverage of Tropical Storm Irene to our popular Summer School series on Vermont Edition. It is bittersweet to win an award for the coverage of the devastating floods caused by Irene. But the recognition reinforces our conviction that our reporting provided an important public service.

Here's a rundown of the categories where VPR News won a Murrow:

-- News Series: UVM At A Crossroads.

-- Breaking News: A series of stories in the days after Tropical Storm Irene hit.

-- Sports: In Stowe, Glory Days Live On.

-- Documentary: The Irene Effect.

-- Use of Sound: Summer School: How To Call An Auction.

-- Newscast: Morning Edition newscast at 7:34 a.m. on Aug. 29, 2011.

-- Writing: The Theremin: More Than A Musical Gimmick.

VPR's regional winners will now be entered in RTDNA's national awards contest. Those results will be released later in the year.

We also want to offer our congratulations to our television colleagues at WCAX-TV. Channel 3 was honored with three Murrow awards, for its coverage of Irene, as well as an investigative report on homeless encampments.

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