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Michigan Radio recognized for news coverage

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Some of Michigan Radio's awards

Michigan Radio was recently honored with several awards for its news coverage.

The station put out this news release announcing the awards:

Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan, was recently honored with awards from both the Michigan Associated Press and the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.

The station received 12 awards from the Michigan Associated Press for news coverage - more than any other radio news operation in the state.

The AP Awards include nine “Best Of” awards and three Honorable Mentions in the following categories:

Station awards

  • General Excellence – Michigan Radio

“Best of” awards

  • Hard News: “Shrinking Detroit,” Sarah Hulett, Sarah Cwiek, Dustin Dwyer
  • Continuing Coverage: “Kalamazoo River Oil Spill,” Michigan Radio staff
  • News Documentary: “Coal: Dirty Past, Hazy Future,” The Environment Report.
  • Individual Reporting: Kyle Norris
  • Enterprise/Investigative Reporting: “Rebuilding Detroit Schools: A Tale of Two Cities,” Jennifer Guerra, Sarah Hulett, Mercedes Mejia
  • Newscast: Zoe Clark, Michigan Radio Newsroom
  • Natural Sound: “Senior Musicians,” Kyle Norris.
  • Website: michiganradio.org, Mark Brush, Tamar Charney, Lani Chisnell, Zoe Clark, Vincent Duffy

Honorable Mention

  • Newscast: Christina Shockley, Michigan Radio Newsroom
  • News Documentary: “Rebuilding Detroit Schools: A Tale of Two Cities,” Jennifer Guerra, Sarah Hulett, Mercedes Mejia
  • Enterprise/Investigative Reporting: “Is Fire Safety Putting Us at Risk?,” Rebecca Williams, Lester Graham

Last week, Michigan Radio was also recognized by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. The station received a total of seven Broadcast Excellence Awards, including three Best in Category awards and four Merit awards.

These awards were in the following categories:

Best in Category

  • Mini-Documentary or Series: “Rebuilding Detroit Schools: A Tale of Two Cities”
  • News Special or Public Affairs Program: “Coal: Dirty Past, Hazy Future”
  • Sports: “Olympic Snowboarding”


  • Mini-Documentary or Series: “Shrinking Detroit”
  • Newscast: August 10, 2010; 7:00 AM
  • News Special or Public Affairs Program: “Kennedy and the Peace Corps: Idealism on the Ground
  • Sports: “Curling”

The Broadcast Excellence Awards program recognizes outstanding achievement in broadcasting by Michigan radio and television stations each year. All 2010 entries aired between January 1 and December 31, 2010. The awards were announced last Wednesday evening at the MAB’s annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference in Lansing.

Michigan Radio is the state’s most listened-to public radio station, attracting approximately 450,000 listeners each week across the southern half of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Michigan Radio broadcasts at 91.7 FM in southeastern Michigan, 91.1 FM in Flint, and 104.1 FM in western Michigan.

Mark Brush was Michigan Radio’s Digital Media Director. He succumbed to a year-long battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, in March 2018. He was 49 years old.