April 8, 2014
WGBH News Earns Multiple AP HonorsLocal public radio news team recognized for best investigative, hard news, documentary and public affairs reporting in Mass. and R.I.
BOSTON, Mass. (April 8, 2014) –The WGBH News team won honors today for the best investigative, hard news and documentary reporting in the Massachusetts/Rhode Island Associated Press radio and TV awards. WCAI, WGBH’s listener-supported station for Cape Cod, the coast and the islands and a contributor to the WGBH News team, also received honors for investigative and public affairs reporting.
“To receive this recognition from the Associated Press is a testament to the depth and perspective that our team of reporters at WGBH News brought to these stories over the last year,” said WGBH News Director Ted Canova. “I am incredibly proud of the work that we produce every day to inform listeners and viewers throughout Massachusetts.”
WGBH News made a strong showing in the investigative reporting category, winning two of the four awards. The team of Adam Reilly, Anne Mostue, Ibby Caputo, Phillip Martin and James Edwards won for investigative reporting on changes in the Catholic Church, and WCAI’s Sean Corcoran won in the same category for his series on the search for an Alzheimer’s cure. WGBH’s radio program on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, hosted by Callie Crossley and Bob Seay, won for documentary. It drew upon speeches, interviews, reports and a digitized recording of the only tape in existence of the National Education Radio Network’s coverage from the historic march. Caputo was also honored in hard news for her story on the struggle to prevent veteran suicides. Mindy Todd’s piece on dealing with post-traumatic stress won in public affairs for WCAI.
“Congratulations to the entire WGBH News team for this recognition from the Associated Press,” said Phil Redo, General Manager for WGBH Radio. “Our news team’s continued success is rooted in this team’s dedication to substantive and comprehensive local coverage of news that reflects what matters to our communities.”
The WGBH News team draws on the talent of a multi-platform newsroom that includes radio, television and digital reporting. The WGBH newsroom, which has grown and evolved over the last three years, continues to invest in quality, substantive local coverage. In the last year, WGBH News established public media’s first dedicated higher education desk, On Campus, established a unique partnership with Boston University’s New England Center for Investigative Reporting and debuted a regular web series, The Scrum, that gives an insider’s look at Boston and Massachusetts politics.
The awards dinner for the winners is scheduled for June 18 in Boston.
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George, and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2, WGBX 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region’s diverse community include Greater Boston, Basic Black, and High School Quiz Show. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH Boston Public Radio; 99.5 WCRB; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also is a major source of programs for public radio (among them, PRI’s The World®), a leader in educational multimedia (including PBS LearningMedia™, providing the nation’s educators with free, curriculum-based digital content), and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to deaf, hard of hearing, blind, and visually impaired audiences. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards and Oscars. Find more information at wgbh.org.