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WUSF Reporters Take Top Honors At 2019 Griot Drum Awards

WUSF reporter Cathy Carter won the Best Feature Reporting Award while Stephanie Colombini won the Best General Reporting Award.
WUSF reporter Cathy Carter won the Best Feature Reporting Award while Stephanie Colombini won the Best General Reporting Award. MARK SCHREINER/WUSF PUBLIC MEDIA

WUSF 89.7 News took both honors in the radio division at the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists 2019 Griot Drum Awards and Scholarship Banquet.

Reporter Stephanie Colombini won the Best General Reporting Award for her “Growing Unaffordable” story, “Homeownership Programs Help Renters Find Stability,” while reporter Cathy Carter won the Best Feature Reporting Award for her story, “A Fighting Chance: Tampa Police Coach Kids In Boxing And In Life.

WUSF received six nominations for the 2019 Griot Drum Awards, which recognize the region’s best media coverage of people of color.

General Reporting

WINNER – Stephanie Colombini for her “Growing Unaffordable” story, “Homeownership Programs Help Renters Find Stability

Cathy Carter for her “Growing Unaffordable” story, “Housing Instability Creates Challenges For Families, Educators

Feature

WINNER – Cathy Carter for her story, “A Fighting Chance: Tampa Police Coach Kids In Boxing And In Life

Julio Ochoa for his story, “Nutrition Baked Into Tampa Bay Collard Green Festival

Stephanie Colombini, Mark Schreiner, USF Professor Jeanette Abrahamsen and student journalists Sam Newlon and Jeremey Wade for their segments in “Telling Tampa Bay Stories: Plant City Part 1

Intern Eillin Delapaz for her story, “USF St. Petersburg Students Make Local African-American History More Accessible