WGBH News and Media Relations


June 25, 2013

WGBH News Recognized for In-Depth Coverage of MBTA

WGBH Radio’s FOCUS coverage of MBTA’s financial troubles earns PRNDI 1st place award
WCAI recognized for Call-in-Program and Enterprise/Investigative reporting
BOSTON, Mass. (June 25, 2013)Earlier this week, the WGBH News team earned a national award for its FOCUS coverage of the MBTA’s financial troubles. The Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI) presented WGBH 89.7, Boston Public Radio with the First Place award for Best Continuing Coverage in the ‘Large Staff’ category. The award is in recognition of WGBH News Focus: The MBTA, an in-depth, multiplatform series tracking the financial troubles of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority that aired in 2012. WGBH News accepted these awards one week after being honored with two awards for excellence in investigative reporting from The New York Festivals.
“This is a great award for the entire WGBH News team, not just for one story, but for sustained coverage of an important topic,” said Ted Canova, Executive Editor for WGBH News. “I am proud of the collaborative effort and energy that went into the MBTA FOCUS series. To have PRNDI acknowledge WGBH’s commitment to local news and in-depth, multi-platform journalism is an enormous honor.”
WCAI, WGBH’s Cape and Islands NPR station, also earned recognition from PRNDI, winning two Second Place awards in the ‘Small Staff’ newsroom category. WCAI’s A Life Remembered feature, which tells the stories of community members who have passed away, celebrating individuals whose lives made an impact on their family and neighbors, was recognized in the Enterprise/Investigative Reporting category. Jeff Clements’s coverage of Citizens United v. FEC was honored in the Call-in Program category.
“WCAI is the only local public news outlet for the Cape and Islands community. I am proud of our entire news team and excited to expand unique, local coverage for our local audience,” said WCAI managing director Mindy Todd. “Congratulations to the entire WCAI team.”
PRNDI is a non-profit professional association that exists to improve local news and information programming by serving public radio journalists. PRNDI educates, advocates and organizes to promote high standards, ethical principles, and significant public service.
About WGBH
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, WGBH 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region’s diverse community include Greater BostonBasic Black, High School Quiz Show, and Neighborhood Kitchens. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH, Boston Public Radio; 99.5 WCRB, Classical New England; 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.
About WCAI, The Cape and Islands NPR Station
WCAI, WGBH’s Cape and Islands NPR® station, is broadcast on 90.1, 91.1 and 94.3. The station is listener-supported public radio serving Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and the south coast. Founded by local residents, WCAI is a service of WGBH Radio. Recipients of a 2007 duPont-Columbia Award, WCAI strives to celebrate the uniqueness of the communities they serve while discussing common issues. WCAI is online at www.capeandislands.org.


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