WUOT Awards 2013
WUOT has recently been recognized by the following journalistic organizations for excellence in reporting and producing:
On June 22, 2013, WUOT was recognized with four first-place awards at the Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI) conference in Cleveland, Ohio. In a ceremony hosted by NPR's Weekend Edition host Scott Simon, Without a Net: Voices of the Working Poor received first-place recognition in the Series and Documentary categories and Mother And Child took First Place awards for Best Writing and Best News Feature.
The Radio-Television Digital News Association has honored WUOT with a 2013 Regional Edward R. Murrow award in the Best Writing Category for Mother and Child, a series that examined the ways prescription drug abuse in East Tennessee is affecting the bond between mothers and their children. The series was produced by Matt Shafer Powell.
The Tennessee Associated Press Broadcasters Association recognized WUOT with three first-place awards in its 2013 competition. Chrissy Keuper was honored in the Best Interview category for Mulch Fire Results in Fish Kill, her discussion with a TWRA biologist during a massive mulch fire in April 2012. Matt Shafer Powell and Leslie Snow earned First Place honors in the Best Enterprise category for Without a Net: Voices of the Working Poor, a series that profiled the daily challenges and aspirations of East Tennesseans living below the poverty line. WUOT's Dialogue program was recognized in the Best Public Affairs category. Dialogue is a monthly call-in show produced by Chrissy Keuper, Brandon Hollingsworth, Christine Jessel, Matt Shafer Powell and Greg Hill.
On May 10, 2013, WUOT was recognized by the East Tennessee Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists with three Awards of Excellence (First Place) in its annual Golden Press Cards competition. Without a Net: Voices of the Working Poor and producers Matt Shafer Powell and Leslie Snow were honored in the Documentary/Public Affairs category, Chrissy Keuper received top honors in the Feature Reporting category with Doomtowns and Matt Shafer Powell's Mother and Child received an Award of Excellence in the General Reporting Category.
On May 4,2013, Christine Jessel traveled to Palo Alto, Cal. on behalf of WUOT-FM and the Southern Education Desk to pick up the Education Writers Association's Second-Place award for "Broadcast-Beat Reporting" This highly-coveted national award recognizes "dogged journalism, accomplished storytelling and insightful analysis" in the arena of education reporting.
Christine Jessel was also recognized in 2013 with the Tennessee Education Association's School Bell Award for her "consistent and thorough coverage" of East Tennessee public schools. The School Bell Award for Outstanding Coverage by an Individual Reporter is given each year based on "coverage of education news and issues as well as the tremendous role they play in shaping public opinion."