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News Release

For immediate use

Oct. 19, 2006 -- No. 496

WUNC recognized for excellence
with numerous broadcasting awards

CHAPEL HILL - North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC, a service of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has received 50 regional and national awards for excellence in broadcasting and news reporting for reports aired during 2005 and the first six months of 2006.

The station's news director, Connie Walker, said the wide distribution of awards shows the depth of experience and skills of the staff at WUNC. "The awards are a testament to the station's commitment to covering important issues about a variety of topics including government and politics, education, health, the environment and the changing economy," Walker said.

The "North Carolina Voices: Understanding Poverty" collection of features and documentaries exploring poverty throughout North Carolina was among the honored reports. The series received eight awards, including the prestigious national Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Broadcast News Award given to only 13 programs from a pool of more than 600 radio and television news entries from across the United States. Among the other news organizations receiving the duPont-Columbia Broadcast News Award are ABC News, CNBC, PBS, CNN and HBO.

The series also took home a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism with top honors in the radio category. The awards citation lauded the series for "a profound understanding of the issues facing people living at or below the poverty level."

Other recognition for "North Carolina Voices: Understanding Poverty" included the Harry Chapin Media Award; Public Radio News Directors Incorporated Award; North Carolina Associated Press Award; Radio-Television News Director's Association Edward R. Murrow Southeast Regional Radio Award; Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award; and the Foundation of American Women in Radio and Television Gracie Allen Award for a Public Radio Programming Series.

In all, North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC, which broadcasts at 91.5 FM in the Triangle and Triad, at 90.9 FM in Rocky Mount/Wilson and at 88.9 FM on the Outer Banks, received the following awards:

2006 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Broadcast News Award

2006 Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism - Radio

Harry Chapin Media Award - Broadcast

Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) Awards
Division A (Stations with a news staff of four or more)
Breaking News

Series

North Carolina Associated Press Awards
Enterprise/Documentary

Feature

Best Newscast

Best Sports Programming

Best Consumer Report

Series

Best News Writing

Radio - Television News Director's Association Edward R. Murrow Southeast Regional Radio Awards

Overall Excellence

Continuing Coverage

News Series

Documentary

Feature/Hard News

Society of Professional Journalists - Green Eyeshade Awards

Documentary

Sports Reporting

Feature Reporting

Business Reporting

Radio Television News Directors Association of the Carolinas Contest (work aired January 1, 2005 to December 31, 2005)

Documentary

General News

Feature

Consumer/Economic

Education

Spot News

Political/General

Health/Medicine

Sports

NC Radio Journalist of the Year

Radio Television News Directors Association of the Carolinas Contest (work aired July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2006)

NC Radio Journalist of the Year

Radio News Block

Best Newscast

General News

Feature

Spot News

Consumer/Economic

Education

Political/Election

Health/Medicine

Sports

Association of Health Care Journalists - Excellence in Health Care Journalism Awards

National Headliner Awards - Radio Stations Division

Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Awards

Foundation of American Women in Radio and Television - Gracie Allen Award

Public Radio Programming - Series

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North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC contact: Brent Wolfe, (919) 966-5454, bwolfe@wunc.org
News Services contact: Kyle York, (919) 962-8415, kyle_york@unc.edu