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WKU Public Radio staff, student broadcasters receive Kentucky AP awards

WKU Public Radio reporter Lisa Autry took home a first place Kentucky AP Broadcasters award on April 30 for Best Long Enterprise Reporting – radio. Autry’s report on Asian Carp invading Kentucky waterways was voted tops in the category. Autry has been a reporter at WKYU since 2004; several of her feature stories have appeared nationally on NPR.

The WKU Public Radio staff, consisting of Autry, Kevin Willis, Joe Corcoran and Rhonda Miller, also collected second-place honors for Best Long Newscast and third place for Best Radio Website.

“It’s an honor whenever your work is recognized as excellent by your peers,” said Willis, WKU Public Radio’s news director. “I’m extremely proud of the work that won awards this year, and also proud of the daily efforts of our news staff to present our audience with great content on the air, and online.”

In the KAPB college competition, WKU’s Haddy Badjie won for best College Radio Reporter. Badjie and Paige Hagan were awarded second place for Best College Newscast.

Badjie, a senior broadcast journalism student at WKU, is the 2015-2016 Charles M. Anderson Public Broadcasting Fellowship recipient and has done reporting work for WKU Public Radio. A native of The Gambia, Badjie will spend the summer working as a City University of New York Journalism Intern. The program is a collaboration between CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and the Knight Foundation.

Hagan collected first place honors in the Sports Coverage category with her report on athletic stipends.  She also took home third-place honors for Best Feature Story on the future of college athletics. Hagan, a senior broadcast news and sports management major from Louisville, has done production and voice work for WKU Public Radio.

“We are excited to have two outstanding students playing an active role at WKU Public Radio,” said station manager Emil Moffatt. “Haddy and Paige have very bright futures in journalism and we’re glad that they chose to be a part of our station.”

More: Read more about awards for WKU students.

Contact: David Brinkley, (270) 745-6140

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