"We are extremely pleased with this recognition because it goes to the heart of VPR's mission to provide essential and trusted news and information from an independent voice," said John Van Hoesen, VPR's vice president for news and programming. "Being recognized in so many different categories - including overall excellence and for VPR.net - demonstrates that VPR is a media organization for today and for the future."
The winning coverage includes:
- The story of a Wallingford woman who raised marijuana for her sick son (Hard News).
- The death of two Vermont National Guard soldiers in Afghanistan (Breaking News).
- An appreciation of the cluster fly (Writing).
- Afghanistan's Other War (Documentary).
- Redesign of VPR.net as a news-oriented site (Website).
- A selection of our best work from 2010, including elections, Vermont Edition interviews, commentaries, Eye on the Night Sky, series, newscast and Web presentations (Overall Excellence).
To read and listen to the award winning stories, visit VPR.net.
Awards were made in the small market radio category for the region, which includes all of the New England states. Vermont Public Radio will be honored at a ceremony this spring and it will now be entered in all of these categories for the national awards.
Van Hoesen said that the announcement from the RTDNA this spring raises to more than 100 the public service awards VPR has received in the last decade.
The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA)
RTDNA is the world's largest professional organization exclusively serving the electronic news profession, consisting of more than 3,000 news directors, news associates, educators and students. Founded as a grassroots organization in 1946, the association is dedicated to setting standards for newsgathering and reporting. Although news techniques and technologies are constantly changing, RTDNA's commitment to encouraging excellence in the electronic journalism industry remains the same.
About Vermont Public Radio
Listener-supported Vermont Public Radio has been serving the people of Vermont and the surrounding region since 1977. With over 180,000 listeners a week, the statewide public radio network is a trusted and independent source for news, music, conversation and much more. For more information about VPR and VPR Classical, a list of frequencies and streaming audio from all of VPR's services, visit VPR.net.