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July 3, 2007

Ahmed’s Diary,” part of “The Story,” wins two international radio awards

A series of audio diaries from Iraq that airs as part of “The Story” with Dick Gordon, originating on North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC, won a gold medal at the New York Festivals 2007 International Radio Broadcasting Awards announced Thursday (June 28, 2007). “Ahmed’s Diary” simultaneously captured a silver medal in the festivals’ United Nations Department of Public Information Awards.

“Ahmed’s Diary” was developed by Gordon and Ahmed Abdullah, a Baghdad native who helped Gordon when he was reporting there in 2003. A sculptor before the war, Abdullah now makes his living as a photographer and reporter. His audio diaries, filed electronically, chronicle what life is like for him and regular Iraqis as the violence in their country continues. More than 20 nations were represented in the competition, in which “Ahmed’s Diary” took top honors in the category of ongoing long-form news coverage.

“This award mirrors the reaction that Ahmed’s stories have drawn from our listeners. Every time we air a new entry from ‘Ahmed’s Diary,’ people write to thank us for reminding them that there are real people with their own lives and stories in Baghdad,” Gordon said. “Ahmed was born and raised there. He lives and works there under unimaginable circumstances. His diaries are radio storytelling at its most compelling.”

“The Story” with Dick Gordon is an hour-long nationally syndicated talk/interview program created and produced by North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC. It airs at 1 p.m. Monday through Friday and is distributed nationally by American Public Media.

North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC is a service of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, broadcasting 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.

To hear excerpts from the past year’s entries of “Ahmed’s Diary,” visit

“The Story” with Dick Gordon contact: Greg Kelly, (919) 445-9248
News Services contact: Susan Houston, (919) 962-8415 or


East Drive to be closed weekends through early August

East Drive next to the Dogwood Parking Deck on the southern end of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s campus will be closed to through traffic this weekend and the next four weekends.

The initial closure is scheduled to begin Friday (July 6, 2007) at 7 p.m. and end on Monday (July 9, 2007) at 5:30 a.m. This schedule will be repeated on each of the following four weekends.

The closures will allow installation of a pedestrian bridge across East Drive from the Dogwood Parking Deck to the future Physicians’ Office Building.

Full access to and from all the parking decks will be maintained during the closures.  Traffic to and from Manning Drive at this location will be detoured to South Columbia Street via Mason Farm Road. Pedestrians will be detoured to Manning Drive between the Cardinal and Dogwood Parking Decks.

For questions about the closures, visit the UNC Department of Public Safety Web site at

Public Safety contact: Randy Young, (919) 962-1502
News Services contact: Sarah Whitmarsh, (919) 962-5194 or