KBIA Wins Three Awards during Public Radio News Directors Incorporated Conference in Washington, D.C.

Kristofor Husted, Aviva Okeson-Haberman and Kathryn Palmer

The PRNDI Awards recognize the best work produced by local public radio stations.

Columbia, Mo. (June 20, 2019) — KBIA won three awards earlier this month during the 2019 Public Radio News Directors Incorporated conference in Washington, D.C. The station’s wins were among nearly 190 awards presented by PRNDI to local public radio stations across the U.S.

“The PRNDI awards are as hard to win as any other national competition that KBIA takes part in,” said KBIA News Director Ryan Famuliner. “There is a lot of incredible work happening in public media across the country. Both of the stories that won awards were labors of love for the reporters involved, each spending months on the reporting, writing and editing of their pieces. They’re both stories well deserving of this national recognition.”

KBIA-FM is one of the Missouri School of Journalism’s six professional newsrooms that serve as learning laboratories for students.

The awards were:

  • Kristofor Husted, Aviva Okeson-Haberman and Kathryn Palmer
    KBIA staff member Kristofor Husted (left) and Missouri Journalism graduate student Kathryn Palmer came in second and first, respectively, at the recent 2019 Public Radio News Directors Incorporated conference in Washington, D.C. Aviva Okeson-Haberman, BJ ’19, (center) spoke to high school students for another feature, “Beyond the Ballot,” which took second place for Best Collaborative Effort, Division AA.

    First

  • Second
    • Short Documentary, Division B: “Have We Backed Ourselves Into a Corner with Pesticides?” by staff member Kristofor Husted.
    • Student Soft Feature, Division D: “Legacy of missing Lloyd Gaines, 1938 Supreme Court plaintiff, still haunts higher education” by Kathryn Palmer.

KCUR-FM in Kansas City won second place for Best Collaborative Effort, Division AA, for “Beyond the Ballot,” a five-part statewide election series involving KBIA, KCUR, KSMU and St. Louis Public Radio. Aviva Okeson-Haberman, BJ ’19, spoke to high school students for KBIA’s contribution to the project: “Missouri high schoolers either politically plugged in…or checked out.”

Public Radio News Directors, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the professional development of public radio journalists. The PRNDI Awards recognize the best work produced by local public radio stations in 2018. It is the only national contest recognizing outstanding public radio news reporting at local stations. At this year’s PRNDI conference, membership also approved a name change to Public Media Journalists Association.

Updated: August 15, 2019

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