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WFDD wins five RTDNAC/AP Awards

Kerri Brown at the RTDNAC/AP Awards

This is a guest post from radio station WFDD at Wake Forest:

WFDD has been recognized by Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas and the Associated Press for its 2019 awards, recognizing the best in broadcast journalism in North Carolina and South Carolina.

The station received first place in four categories, including in the investigative and hard news categories. WFDD reporter Keri Brown received a 2nd place honor for Radio Reporter of The Year.


Daytime Newscast (North Carolina): Noon Newscast (Jan. 25, 2019)
Hard News Feature: First Place: WFDD – Emotions Run High During Confederate Statue Rally, Keri Brown, WFDD
Investigative: – First Place: WFDD – “On The Margins” Housing Struggles in the Triad – Bethany Chafin, David Ford, Eddie Garcia, 88.5 WFDD
Special Report: – First Place: WFDD – Unsafe Haven: The Aftermath of A Deadly Fire – David Ford, 88.5 WFDD
Radio Reporter of the Year: – Second Place: WFDD – Keri Brown

“We strive to bring quality journalism to our community day in and day out, so it’s
truly an honor for our work to be showcased among our colleagues in the Carolinas,” says Emily McCord, WFDD News Director.

Winners were announced Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at the RTDNAC/AP annual luncheon at Charlotte Motor Speedway with nearly 200 professional and student journalists in attendance.


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WFDD receives national awards from public radio organization

Mankaprr Conteh (left), former WFDD intern, and WFDD reporter Keri Brown accepted five awards at the PRNDI Awards Banquet June 23.

88.5 WFDD was honored recently with 5 national awards by Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI).

WFDD won a first place award in the News Feature category for David Ford’s story “Business 40 Changing Lanes: A Painful Legacy.” The station also received second place honors in the Enterprise/Investigative, Arts, and Series categories. Additionally, the work of former WFDD intern and Wake Forest student Mankaprr Conteh was recognized for her story “Carolina Curious: How Field Trips Level The Playing Field.”

“There has been a lot of growth in WFDD’s news department over the past several years, with more staff and more training, allowing us to really tell stories in a whole new way,” says News Director Emily McCord. “That’s why it’s especially exciting to have our work acknowledged by our peers in the public media industry.”

The PRNDI awards celebrate the work of reporting, editing, anchoring and producing at local public media radio stations across the U.S.

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88.5 WFDD receives nine awards for excellence in journalism

correct WFDD logo88.5 WFDD, the public radio station licensed to Wake Forest, was recently honored by the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas (RTDNAC) with nine awards for excellence in journalism.

The RTDNAC 2015 Awards Competition recognized the best of TV, radio, website, and collegiate work from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015. 88.5 WFDD received seven first place awards in the news categories of Consumer/Economic, Education, General News, Hard News Feature, Investigative, Light Feature, and Spot News; a second place award in the category of Spot News; and WFDD’s Keri Brown won first place for Radio Reporter of the Year.

Stories that received first place awards included Tobacco Farmers Lose Longtime Safety Net, by Emily McCord; As Education Spending Grabs Spotlight, Deteriorating Schools Get Little Aid, by Keri Brown; Dan River Coal Ash Spill: Long-Term Impact Unknown, by Keri Brown; Neighbors Lobby For More Regulation On Chicken Farms, by Keri Brown; McCrory Pushes Tax Credits At Opening For Company That Hasn’t Used Them, by Paul Garber; A Band Of Their Own, by David Ford; and Winter Storm Closes Schools, Downs Power Lines, by Emily McCord. The second place Spot News award was given for As Same Sex Marriage Becomes legal, Opinions In NC Are Mixed, by Emily McCord.

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November 2014 staff milestones

Elide Vargas, administrative coordinator in Politics and International Affairs, is celebrating her 30 year milestone this month. See the complete list of faculty and staff milestones for November 2014.

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Categories: Staff News