WBHM Wins 20 Alabama AP Awards!
Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM won nine first place and 11 second place Alabama Associate Press Media Editor awards at a ceremony held June 18, 2016.
“The Alabama AP’s tremendous recognition of our hard work and dedication this year is humbling,” says WBHM News Director Rachel Osier Lindley. “Thanks to the support of our listeners, we’ve been able to cover many more of the stories that matter to Birmingham.”
WBHM received awards for:
- Best Coverage of a Spot News Story: First place, Rachel Osier Lindley, “Judicial Chaos Complicates Same-Sex Marriage in Alabama”; Second place, Sherrel Wheeler Stewart, “Two Christmas Day Tornadoes Confirmed in Alabama”
- Best Lifestyle Feature: Second place, Ashley Cleek, “To Me, It Was A Good Thing; Feizal Valli Remembers How Hurricane Katrina Brought Him to Birmingham”
- Best Public Affairs or Documentary: Second place, Will Dahlberg, Rachel Osier Lindley and Andrew Yeager, “Concussions and the Price of Playing Football”
- Best Reporter: First place, Rachel Osier Lindley; Second place, Andrew Yeager
- Best Specialized Reporter: First place, Gigi Douban, “Government Reporter”; Second place, Dan Carsen, “Education Reporting”
- Best Series: First place, Sherrel Wheeler Stewart, Dan Carsen and The Southern Education Desk , “Teaching Tough Topics”; Second place, WBHM Staff, “Concussions in a Football State”
- Best Anchor: First place, Esther Ciammachilli
- Best Commentator or Editorialist: Second place, Michael Krall and John Houser, “The Steel City’s Spice via Bicycle”
- Best General Sports: First place, Rachel Osier Lindley, “As Concussion Awareness Rises, Football Focuses on Safety”; Second place, Dan Carsen, “In Football Country, Concussions Spark a Parental Dilemma”
- Best Use of Tape: First place, Dan Carsen “All in the Game: College Athletes Talk Tensions Between Sports and Academics”
- Public Service: First place, WBHM Staff, “Heroin in Alabama”
- Best Regularly Scheduled Newscast: Second place, Andrew Yeager
- Best News Operation: Second place, Staff, WBHM
“I’d like to express tremendous appreciation to our listeners, our supporters, and UAB,” says General Manager Scott Hanley. “This kind of long-term achievement has many people behind it, and based on how much our efforts have grown this past year, the best is yet to come.”
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