Awards

 

Since its inception in September, 2000, WCAI has been recognized with many broadcasting awards. Listen to the award-winning pieces here.

  

2010

Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA)
Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Electronic Journalism

"Guilty Pleasures" by Alex Crowley, Category: Writing


Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI)
Recognizing the best of local public radio news - national award

“Afghanistan,” The Point with Mindy Todd, Category: Call-in Program

"Educating Everyone," Category: Series

"Down and Dirty with a Septic Pump-out," by Sean Corcoran, Category: Use of Sound


 

2009

Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA)
Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Electronic Journalism

“Fresh Water Salt Water,” Category: News Series

 

Massachusetts Associated Press Broadcasting Award

“Right Whale Research,” The Point with Mindy Todd, Category: Public Affairs


2008

Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI)
Recognizing the best of local public radio news - national award

"Cidadas," by Sean Corcoran, Category: Use of Sound,
“Living on a Plume” by Sean Corcoran, Category: News Feature
“God’s Problem,” The Point with Mindy Todd, Category: Call-in Program: 1st Place

 

Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA)
Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Electronic Journalism

"Price of Paradise," Category: News Series

 

2006

Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA)
Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Electronic Journalism

“Mailbox Spiders,” by Robert Finch, Category: Writing


Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI)
Recognizing the best of local public radio news - national award

“Two Cape Cods: Hidden Poverty on the Cape and Islands,” Category: Series, 1st Place
 

2005

2005-2006 Dupont Columbia Awards for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism

“Two Cape Cods: Hidden Poverty on the Cape and Islands” 

Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA)
Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Electronic Journalism

“At the Princess Boutique,” Category: Use of Sound

2004

Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI)
Recognizing the best of local public radio news - national award

"Gay Marriage," Category: Continuing Coverage
 

2002

Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA)
Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Electronic Journalism

 

Use of Sound – Small Market

 

 

Power Struggle

  The Future of the Pilgrim Power Plant

  Credit:
Entergy Corp

A 3-part original reporting series. With the end of its 40-year license approaching in 2012, the owners of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth have applied for a 20-year extension. But opponents of the plant, including some local and state politicians, question the reactor's safety, especially after three sister reactors in Japan experienced explosions and likely meltdowns this past year. Sean Corcoran reports.

Listen online, plus find many extras

 

Cape Cod National Seashore

The Cape Cod National Seashore celebrated its fiftieth anniversary on August 7, 2011. To mark the event, WCAI and the Cape Cod Times collaborated in a week-long series, bringing to life the stories of the Park.

 

Photos, stories, video, and more >

 

Best of 2011

 

Listen to a selection of our favorite work from 2011

Alzheimer's Disease

 

Facing Alzheimer's:
The Caregivers' Challenge

 

Explore our five-part original reporting series examining Alzheimer's disease and the people who care for those with
the disease.
 
 

 

Listen to the series online >


Venture Philanthropy
An Investor's Approach to Curing Alzheimer's

 

An award-winning two-part report by WCAI's Senior Reporter, Sean Corcoran.

 

Listen online, photos, more >

 


Educating Everyone

The Struggles In Special Education on the Cape and Islands. 

 

Reporters: Sean Corcoran and Cathy Corman
Co-produced by Steve Young and Sean Corcoran
Executive producer and editor: Steve Young

 

Almost 20 percent of the state's school children receive special education services, and the number is rising, as are the costs. The law says schools, no matter the price, must offer students help if they otherwise can't progress effectively. But to educate one severely disabled student can cost a school district in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, raising questions about what is fair, what is doable financially, and what is right morally. 

 

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Fresh Water, Salt Water

 


Fresh Water Salt Water I

  

Reporters: Elizabeth Saito and Sean Corcoran
Editor and Executive Producer: Steve Young

The water we drink and the water we fish and swim in is a precious commodity - and is imperiled. This month-long series explores the Cape's intimate relationship with the salt water that surrounds us - and earns many their livelihood - and the small, shallow underground pool of fresh water that sustains all of our lives.

Winner of a 2009 Edward R Murrow Award for Best News Series

   

 Explore the Series >



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Fresh Water Salt Water II


Reporters: Sean Corcoran and Heather Goldstone
Editor and Executive Producer: Steve Young

WCAI's Edward R Murrow Award Winning News Series "Fresh Water, Salt Water" returns to explore the Cape's intimate relationship with the salt water that surrounds us - and earns many their livelihood - and the small, shallow underground pool of fresh water that sustains all of our lives.

Part One
Fresh Water: We wash with it, we bathe in it, our lives depend on it. Without it, we would be in serious trouble. During the first week of our Water Series, we follow fresh water from the drinking glass to the sceptic tank to explore how this most precious resource shapes our lives.

Part Two
Salt Water: What would the Cape be without the glorious ocean that, in many ways, defines it? During the second week of our Water Series, WCAI examines how our changing world, and warming planet, effects those that live in and by the sea.
 


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Studying Libraries

Libraries are expanding their offerings while struggling during this difficult economic time. The battle over e-books pits libraries against book publishers, many of which are creating obstacles to prevent libraries from loaning out books in digital formats. Sean Corcoran reports in our original three-part series, Studying Libraries.


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Cape Change

Hear the four-part series

 

David McGlinchey, Manomet Center for Conservation SciencesThe science is clear, climate change is already altering many defining features of the Cape and Islands. Our Cape Change series examines these effects, and what the natural world can teach us about the need to adapt to climate change. Heather Goldstone reports.


photo credit: Bob Usher, Flickr

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Land-based Wind Turbines


created by S Junker

 

The Falmouth Experience:
The Trouble with One Town's Wind Turbine

 

The effort to install land-based wind turbines on Cape Cod has become entangled in controversy after reports from neighbors in Falmouth that a turbine is making them sick. Listen here to our five-part report by WCAI Senior Reporter Sean Corcoran.

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How We've Grown


On September 25, 2000, WCAI first went on the air. How We’ve Grown, an eight-part series, examines a decade of news stories from the Cape and Islands: how we were then, how we’ve changed, and where we’re going.    

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The Price of Paradise:

 

Working Lives on the Cape and Islands

By Sean Corcoran

Winner of a 2008 Edward R. Murrow award for Best Series.

This series profiles 20 working people who are doing whatever they can to survive and stay on Cape Cod, despite the obstacles here. It explores how and why these lower, middle, and upper class people continue to fight to live on the Cape.

 

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Illustration by James Warren

Two Cape Cods:

 

Hidden Poverty on the Cape and Islands


Those who serve Cape Cod's poor are the first to point out that behind the veil of the affluent summer paradise we all recognize, hides a community that continually struggles to make ends meet.

This duPont-Columbia Award-winning series examines the unique factors that contribute to persistent and hidden poverty throughout the Cape and Islands region.

 

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WGBH Reporting

 

The Last Resort

in collaboration with WGBH Boston

 

 

An in-depth look at the casino gambling debate in Massachusetts and what it means for those of us living and working in the Commonwealth.

 

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Fishing Boats


 

Rough Waters: The Ongoing Fight Over Regulating New England Fisheries 

 

Produced by WGBH in Boston.

 

An original reporting series in five parts. Listen, see photos, and more.

 

Explore the Series >

 



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Human and sexual trafficking in Boston

Hear WGBH 89.7's four-part special series on human and sexual trafficking in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Investigative reporter Phillip Martin conducts this groundbreaking report.

Part one

Part two

Part three

Part four

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