Michigan Radio received twelve awards for news coverage this weekend from the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors. The station was recognized with eight First Place awards and four Second Place awards in the large market radio category. The large market radio category includes both public and commercial radio stations that serve Michigan’s largest market of Detroit. Here is the complete list of Michigan Radio winners:
- Best Feature Story: Jennifer Guerra/State of Opportunity, “Read to this barber, get a discount on that mohawk”
- Best Reporter/Anchor: Steve Carmody
- Best Use of Photography: Mark Brush/Rebecca Williams/Tony Brown/Jodi Westrick, "Michigan Radio Tumblr”
- Best Use of Sound: Rebecca Williams, “Michigan Photographer Turns Invasive Species into Art”
- Best Public Service: Sarah Hulett and Rebecca Williams, “In Flint, Trust in Flint and the Government Both Elusive”
- Best Continuing Coverage: Kate Wells, “Davontae Sanford”
- Best Enterprise Reporting: "Juvenile Lifers: Who Gets a Second Chance?"
- Best Newscast: Emily Fox, Michigan Radio
- Outstanding News Operation: Michigan Radio
- Best Public Service: Rebecca Williams and Lindsey Smith, “Lead Flakes in Flint Water Like a Game of Russian Roulette”
- Best Continuing Coverage: Steve Carmody, “Flint Water Crisis”
- Best Digital Presence: Michigan Radio
In referring to Michigan Radio’s First Place award in the Use of Sound category, the judges commented, “This is how all radio stations should let the sound tell the story. It takes the listener along for the ride, on the water with the still camera clicking.”
The Associated Press is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing 1,400 newspapers and 5,000 broadcast stations in the United States. The Michigan Associated Press Media Editors competition features reports, feature stories, documentaries, photography as well as newscasts and sportscasts that aired in 2016 from newspapers, TV and radio stations across Michigan. The awards were formally presented at a ceremony on Sunday, April 30 in Lansing.