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WUSF News Honored With 15 Awards In Florida Broadcast Journalist Contest

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Florida Association of Broadcast Journalists

WUSF News earned 15 awards from the Florida Association of Broadcast Journalists Saturday night in a contest that recognizes the state’s best work from 2019.

WUSF won eight first place awards and seven honorable mentions for stories presented both on WUSF 89.7 and online at WUSFNews.org.

Ten individual journalists from WUSF were honored in the contest, but the awards also reflect the collective efforts of the newsroom to provide quality journalism to a radio audience spanning 13 Florida counties.

The association selected winners from more than 550 entries representing 37 radio and television stations across the state. The Association held a virtual awards ceremony and celebrated how journalists are continuing to serve audiences during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Pushing the boundaries of creativity, digging for truth, and holding those in power accountable. Now, more than ever, is this effort critical as we are in unprecedented times with unknown challenges for newsrooms ahead,” the group said in a statement.

The following WUSF journalists were honored with First Place Awards:

General Assignment | Long

Mark Schreiner

Forensic Facility Teaches How Florida's Environment Affects Bodies

Environmental | Series

Steve Newborn

Coral Whisperer, Killer Heat And Honey Bees

Education | Single Story

Cathy Carter

Words Will Take You Places

Feature | Hard Topic

Cathy Carter

After 90 Years, Greyhound Dog Racing Comes To An End In Sarasota

Feature | Light Topic

Stephanie Colombini

Music Therapy In NICUS Helps Babies Go Home Sooner

Politics / Government | Single Story

Steve Newborn

Going To The End Of The Suncoast Parkway Toll Road - At Least For Now

Sports | Feature

Cathy Carter

Breast Cancer Survivors Form Bonds, Gain Strength Through Dragon Boat Racing

Use Of Sound

Kerry Sheridan

Hip-Hop Architecture Camp Teaches Kids To Re-Imagine Their Communities

The following WUSF journalists were honored with Honorable Mentions:

Continuing Coverage

Daylina Miller

State’s Credentialing Process For Autism Therapists Causing Issues

General Assignment – Short Story

Kerry Sheridan

On Berlin Wall Anniversary, New College Students Tear Down Their Own

Investigative | Series

Julio Ochoa

Florida Fails To Open Methadone Clinics In Opioid Crisis

Series / Franchise

Robin Sussingham, Cathy Carter, Steve Newborn

The Buzz On Florida's Honey Bees

Feature | Light Topic

Kerry Sheridan

How Many Horseshoe Crabs Are In Florida? Growing Volunteer Effort Aims To Find Out

Website / Digital

Carl Lisciandrello, Mary Shedden

WUSFNews.org

Reporter of The Year

Stephanie Colombini

Collection of Work