|Recognitions span a wide range of urgent topics in Florida news
|PHOTO CREDIT: Steve Newborn, WUSF Public Media
|TAMPA, Fla. (May 11, 2022) – Eleven journalists with WUSF Public Media received a wide range of awards for excellence in broadcasting, including first-place awards in 17 categories from the Florida Association of Broadcast Journalists (FABJ).
Reporter and “All Things Considered” cohost Kerry Sheridan was named the state’s top radio reporter, and her colleague, Stephanie Colombini, was named a finalist in that category for the third year in a row. In all, 11 WUSF journalists were honored for their work that spanned the range of in-depth investigative reporting to general assignment daily stories and from the website to the station’s podcast.
“Every day, WUSF journalists dedicate themselves to the mission of informing the residents The greater Tampa Bay region and the state about the critical issues facing them,” said WUSF General Manager JoAnn Urofsky. “I’m thrilled for these talented journalists to receive this wonderful recognition for their work.”
The FABJ recognized work by WUSF journalists across a wide range of topics and timeframes, including coverage of organ transplants for patients with COVID, controversy over content in school textbooks, mental health of Black Americans, as well as overall excellence for a reporter’s body of work.
The first-place honors: — Continuing Coverage: COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Florida; Stephanie Colombini– General Assignment: Critical race theory prompts curriculum removal; Kerry Sheridan– General Assignment, Long: Toxic bus tour highlights inequity
; Jessica Meszaros– Series/Franchise, Light: The Pandemic Year; Stephanie Colombini & Julio Ochoa– Feature Reporting, Hard: Lung transplants for Covid patients raise ethical questions; Kerry Sheridan– Feature Reporting, Cultural & Historic: Finding the lost children of migrant farmworkers; Kerry Sheridan, Jessica Bakeman, Florida Public Media– Use of Sound: Preserving coastal habitats can mitigate climate change impacts; Cathy Carter– Sports Reporting: Tampa is the epicenter of sports during a pandemic; Steve Newborn– Online/Web/Digital: WUSF News; Carl Lisciandrello & Rick Mayer– Investigative Reporting: Finding the lost children of migrant farmworkers; Kerry Sheridan– Health Reporting, Single: Pandemic has strained mental health for Black Americans; Stephanie Colombini– Health Reporting, Series: Unequal Shots; Kerry Sheridan, Stephanie Colombini, Julio Ochoa– Investigative Reporting, Series: Unequal Shots: Stephanie Colombini, Kerry Sheridan, Julio Ochoa– Reporter: Kerry Sheridan— Best Radio Newscast: “All Things Considered” – Aug. 6, 2021: Lisa Peakes, Mark Schreiner– Digital Programing: Class of COVID-19: An education crisis for Florida’s vulnerable students; Patricia Moynihan, Jessica Bakeman, news team – Florida Public Media– Series/Franchise, Hard: Class of COVID-19: An education crisis for Florida’s vulnerable students; Jessica Bakeman, news team – Florida Public Media
WUSF Finalists:— Reporter: Stephanie Colombini— Digital Programming: It’s okay to not be okay; Dalia Colon– Climate/Environmental Reporting, Single: The Florida panther is making a comeback; Steve Newborn– Environmental Reporting, Series: Your Voices on Climate Change; Jessica Meszaros– Education reporting, Single: A Florida farmworker wants his daughter to focus on education; Kerry Sheridan
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