National Public Radio member station takes home accolades for staff and student work

MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University’s listener-supported public radio station, WKMS, is proud to announce its news department has earned several awards in the 2019 Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters competition. The awards recognize the best in television and radio journalism for the calendar year of 2019 across professional and student categories. The AP, a nonprofit news cooperative, represents 1,400 newspapers and 5,000 broadcast stations in the United States.

In the professional category, reporter and assistant news director Liam Niemeyer won first place in the “Use of Sound” competition for his piece “Kentucky Caviar: How One West Kentucky Fish Market is Betting on Fish Eggs,” while student reporter Sydni Anderson took second place for her piece “Community Gathers at Candlelight Vigil for Missing Woman Samantha Sperry.”

Murray State University’s listener-supported public radio station, WKMS, is proud to announce its news department has earned several awards in the 2019 Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters competition.

Additionally, Anderson was recognized as the best digital college journalist in the state, followed by fellow WKMS student reporter Hannah Bullard and former reporter Cory Sharber in second and third place, respectively. 

“Our news team is composed of true professionals who have boundless talent and unmatched dedication, and they earned every one of these awards,” said WKMS News Director Rachel Collins. “I couldn’t be more proud of their accomplishments and I’m excited to see what their futures hold.” 

The WKMS news team earned the following awards in the student category:

Best Feature Story

Hannah Bullard, second and third place for “Hopkinsville Pow-Wow Celebrates and Preserves Native Tradition” and “Relocated: Memorial to Largest Loss of Life Event in the History of the 101st Airborne Division,” respectively

Best News Story

Dalton York and Sydni Anderson, first place for “West Kentuckians Reflect on Partisanship and Political Dialogue”

Best Newscast

Dalton York, second place

Best Public Affairs

Bri Hunter, first place for “Inside the Life of a West Kentucky First-Time Voter”

Best of Show in Radio

Bri Hunter

The WKMS newsroom is supported by listener donations that fund student reporter positions, helping to foster the next generation of media. For more information or to donate today, please visit wkms.org.

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