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- Scam artists posing as utility reps, demanding payment
- Holiday mailing deadlines approach, Rockford Post Office warns
- Hispanics more than half of all renters, yet most are uninsured
- Pet Talk: Healthy pets make for a happy holiday
- Man pleads guilty but mentally ill in 2013 murder
- Telephone, computer network outages at 22 Rockford schools
- Byron native selected as Sailor of the Year for Navy Band Southwest
- Illinois Tollway awards $337 million in contracts, sets budget
- 44 earn bachelor’s degrees at Saint Anthony College of Nursing
WNIJ news reporter wins two AP awards
The Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association recently announced winners in the 2011 Journalism Excellence Contest. WNIJ (89.5-FM) reporter Susan Stephens was named “Best Newswriter” and took first place in the “Hard News Feature” category in the downstate radio division of the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association Journalism Excellence Contest.
Judges evaluated a variety of Stephens’ scripts and audio reports in the newswriting category, including stories about a former pilot’s last wish to fly again, Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday, and a visit with a couple giving up their Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home to enter assisted living. It was “Nurse-In in DeKalb,” the story of breast-feeding mothers rallying outside a thrift store, that captured the “Best Hard News Feature” category. All of these stories aired on WNIJ in 2011 and are available at the station’s website, www.wnij.org.
The awards will be presented April 28 at the Illinois News Broadcasters Association convention in Macomb, Ill.
WNIJ is the NPR News station within Northern Public Radio, the broadcast service of Northern Illinois University.
From the March 21-27, 2012, issue