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KOSU wins SPJ awards

Filed by KOSU News in Feature.
April 22, 2013

The Society of Professional Journalists presented their annual awards Saturday night in Tulsa, with KOSU Radio taking home 9 in the radio category, on top of 7 for StateImpact Oklahoma for their broadcast stories.

Morning Edition host Ben Allen captured 4 first place awards, as well as a second place finish. His story on former OSU player Ally Clardy coaching high school basketball in an effort to remember her late coaches Kurt Budke and Miranda Serna won first in the sports category.

In the investigative category, he won for reporting on the impact of the ban of transportation of large quantities of castor. The Otoe Missouria Tribe had proposed a large commercial growing and harvesting operation for the small, economically challenged town of Red Rock that was squashed by a rule change.

His series on the proposed farm bill also earned two first place wins, in enterprise and government reporting. The story about potential cuts to food stamps netted first in government, the full series (which you can find here) won in enterprise. Another story on spending by an obscure group in a state Senate race in Edmond earned second place in government reporting.


KOSU Capitol Bureau Chief Michael Cross also took home a number of awards. He looked at a family recovering from the wildfires across Oklahoma, netting third place for spot news.

His story on The Education and Employment Ministry, a group that aims to help people get on their feet, won first place in the feature category.

And Michael put together a unique story on a new initiative to make election ballots more accessible to the blind, recognized by SPJ for second place in the diversity category.


KOSU’s student reporter Quinton Chandler also won second place in the enterprise category, as he found that the energy boom was leading to a housing crunch in Woodward.


Our partners at StateImpact Oklahoma (which you hear Thursday mornings at 6:35 and 8:35 on KOSU) also reaped a number of awards, including first place wins for general news, election reporting and diversity coverage. They also swept the online writing category, winning first, second and third, and won for interactive graphic.

Congratulations to all the winners, especially our friends in public media: OETA, KGOU, KWGS, and KCCU.

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