Michigan Radio has been recognized by the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada with two Gabriel Awards. Created in 1965, the Gabriel Awards recognize outstanding artistic achievement which entertains and enriches with “a true vision of humanity.” The Michigan Radio news staff was honored in the following categories:
- Short Feature, Local Release – Second Place
I wanna be a Batman!, Jennifer Guerra: Every week for five years, the same clip started every State of Opportunity story. You hear a kid telling us what he wants to be when he grows up: a Batman! Countless listeners wanted to know: where’s Batman now? Jennifer Guerra set out to track him down.
- Short Feature, Local Release – Honorable Mention
Michigan theater company gives kids with disabilities a chance to shine on stage, April Van Buren: For kids with intellectual and developmental disabilities, finding a spotlight isn’t always easy. This story looked at Michigan's 4th Wall Theatre Company, who gives kids with intellectual and developmental disabilities the chance to perform in live theater productions.
The Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada's Gabriel Awards are the largest Catholic communicators’ award program in North America, judging over 2600 entries annually for journalists, book authors, students and broadcasters. Michigan Radio was the only NPR station to receive a Gabriel Award this year. A complete list of Gabriel Award winners is here.