Awards recognize the best in local public media journalism.
More information: PRNDI.org/post/prndi-honors-local-stations-2019-awards
Richmond, Va. - This past Saturday at its annual conference in D.C., PRNDI, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, presented nearly 190 awards recognizing excellence in local public media journalism for 2018. Among the awardees in Division A (News Staff of 7-15) was Richmond radio station WCVE News (88.9 FM).
WCVE Reporter Ben Paviour accepted the station’s first-ever First Place award in the Enterprise/Investigative category for his piece “For Virginia Homebuyers, Rent-to-Own Homes Often Too Good To Be True,” part of the station’s ongoing “Where We Live” series, which looks at housing issues including policy, affordability, homelessness and segregation in the state capital.
WCVE Senior Editor Catherine Komp accepted the Second Place award for Best Writing for her “Virginia Currents” piece entitled “The Hog Island Fig: Saving a Tree to Preserve Virginia Barrier Island History," The story, which led Komp and her team to Virginia’s Eastern Shore, considers the connections between food, memory, and a history that was nearly washed away.
“Ben's rent-to-own entry was a significant story and part of a really important and increasingly recognized series in our community,” explains Bill Miller, Vice President and General Manager of WCVE Public Radio. “Catherine's story from the Eastern Shore was one that was not easy to uncover, but gave our listeners the opportunity to travel to a far-off part of the Commonwealth and experience for a moment a way of life that has disappeared with the generations. This is the caliber of work we have come to expect from all of the reporters on our staff.”
In addition to wins by Paviour and Komp, WCVE reporter Roberto Roldan was part of the WUSF Public Media team out of Tampa, Fla. that took home Second Place in the Series category with “Growing Unaffordable: Hillsborough’s Housing Crunch.”
“It's exciting to be a part of a growing news team with the talent and the capacity to tackle a higher volume of in-depth, exclusive, quality storytelling,” says Craig Carper, News Director for WCVE News. “We're proud of the work all our hard-working journalists are producing on a daily basis, and these awards for Ben and Catherine's outstanding stories are a great reminder of that.”
“We're also thrilled that our Digital News Editor Gabrielle Jones was elected to serve as an at-large member of PMJA,” adds Carper. “She is the first digital editor to serve on the board.”
The PRNDI annual meeting included a vote by the membership to rename the organization the Public Media Journalists Association (PMJA).
WCVE Public Radio is part of the Richmond-based Community Idea Stations.
About the Community Idea Stations:
The Community Idea Stations, the largest locally owned and operated public media company in central Virginia, provides the best of PBS and NPR programming coupled with a strong set of community-based programs and services to make an important impact in the areas of arts, news, history, science, and education. Each week, the stations reach over 300,000 people throughout central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.
The stations offer television programming throughout the region on stations including WCVE/WHTJ PBS, WCVW/WVPY PBS, WVPT PBS, PBS Kids 24/7, lifestyle channel Create TV, and international program channel MHz Worldview.
In Richmond, the Community Ideas Stations also broadcasts on radio. WCVE News provides Morning Edition, All Things Considered, as well as NPR talk shows and BBC News on 88.9 FM (HD1). WCVE Music provides classical, jazz, blues, world music, and more on 93.1 FM and 107.3 FM (HD2).
More information can be found at IdeaStations.org.
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