Tuesday, March 25, 2014

News 88.7 KUHF cleans up at Texas Associated Press Broadcasters awards

Houston Public Media’s News 88.7 KUHF receives 11 awards from Texas Associated Press Broadcasters, the highest total of any major market radio station

Houston Public Media this week announces that its radio news channel News 88.7 (KUHF) has won 11 Texas Associated Press Broadcasters (TAPB) awards this year, the highest number among major market radio stations in Texas.

The TAPB awards annually recognize excellence and achievement in radio and television journalism. Award winners will be honored during the TAPB banquet in Austin, Texas on April 12, 2014.

“It is gratifying to see our talented and dedicated team at News 88.7 receive this recognition for the outstanding work they do in keeping our community informed,” said Lisa Trapani Shumate, executive director and general manager of Houston Public Media. “Each of our reporters brings a high level of skill and creativity that really shines through in the stories they produce.”

The four first place TAPB awards captured by News 88.7 journalists include business reporter Andrew Schneider for his special series, “Winding Down the War;” energy and environment reporter Dave Fehling for an investigative report, “An Unusual Search Warrant and What it Says About How Texas Regulates Drilling;” transportation reporter Gail Delaughter for her feature, “Metro’s Twin Bus Drivers;” and Jack Williams, news director, for his use of actuality production in the story, “Back to Bolivar Five Years After Ike.”

Second place honors were received by News 88.7’s health and science reporter Carrie Feibel for reporter of the year; web news editor Valerie Lawhorn for website and digital presence; education reporter Laura Isensee for specialty or beat reporting and for her general assignment report, “More Students Learning Chinese, So More Teachers Learning How to Teach It;” and reporter Gail Delaughter for her sports story, “Astros Looking to the Future as They Wrap Up Dismal Season.”

Honorable mention awards recognized the News 88.7 team spot news reporting for “Lone Star Stabbing Incident” and Dave Fehling’s report “Keeping Oil Wells from Leaking,” for use of actuality production.

“I am very proud of the accomplishments of our team at News 88.7,” said Jack Williams, news director. “I am fortunate to work with a group of broadcast journalists who consistently focus on delivering news to our audiences that is not only timely, relevant and informative, but also engaging.”

The Texas Associated Press Broadcasters is a not-for-profit organization made up of the various Texas radio and television stations who subscribe to the Associated Press wire service. TAPB has expanded over the years to be an advocate for key issues in today’s media and the organization works with other groups on programs related to freedom of speech, freedom of information and media law. In conjunction with similar groups in other states, TAPB organizes and conducts contests and presents awards for outstanding achievements in the field.

(This post was taken from a release sent to me by Houston Public Media)



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