Michigan Radio was recognized this past weekend with two awards from the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI). The station received a First Place award in the Large Newsroom-Interview category for “Living through the Flint water crisis” by Jennifer White. In the interview, Michigan Radio host Jennifer White sat down with three women raising kids in Flint amidst the city’s water crisis. The women shared their anger and frustration over the handling of the crisis, and their deep concern about what the crisis means for their families and also for the city and its residents.
The station also received a Second Place award in the Long Documentary category for “Not Safe to Drink.” The hour long documentary by reporter Lindsey Smith and other members of Michigan Radio’s news team, traced the history and story behind the Flint water crisis.
“I’m so proud of all the hard work our news team has put into covering the Flint water crisis,” said Michigan Radio News Director Vincent Duffy. “It’s great to see that hard work recognized as award worthy by our public radio peers.”
Public Radio News Directors Incorporated is a non-profit professional association that exists to improve local news and information programming by serving public radio journalists across the United States. The organization educates and advocates to promote high standards, ethical principles, and significant public service among public radio stations. The awards were presented to the station on June 25, at PRNDI's annual conference in St. Louis.
Michigan Radio has the state’s largest and most recognized radio news service, with more than thirty-five awards received in 2016 for news excellence.