Vermont Public Radio Wins Six National Awards For News Coverage

Vermont Public Radio’s regional news has been honored by Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI) with six national awards for its work in 2011. VPR won four 1st place awards and one 2nd place award for its coverage of Tropical Storm Irene, as well as a 2nd place award for Steve Zind’s feature on tapping backyard maple trees.

"These awards truly represent a team effort, particularly the coverage of Tropical Storm Irene,” said John Van Hoesen, VPR’s vice president for news and programming. "As a public broadcaster, we are accountable to the community we serve.  We are honored to receive these awards because they go to the heart of VPR’s mission to provide an essential and trusted independent voice for news and information in our region.”

The winning coverage includes:

April Doherty: First Days (1st Place, Commentary)

Staff: Continuing Coverage of Tropical Storm Irene (1st Place, Continuing Coverage)

Vermont Edition: Update of Storm Devastation (1st Place, News/Public Affairs Program)

Staff: The Irene Effect: Responding To A Tropical Storm's Destruction (1st Place, Best Multi-Media Presentation)

Samantha Fields: Plymouth Rallies Around Residents Who Lost Homes To Irene (2nd Place, News Feature)

Steve Zind: Tapping Backyard Maples (2nd Place, Best Use Of Sound)

The awards were presented to local stations at an awards banquet on Saturday, June 30. VPR competes in the large station category, which includes major metro stations WNYC, WBUR, and KPLU. The PRNDI awards are the only national contest recognizing outstanding public radio news reporting at local stations.  The full list of winners is available here.