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WFUV’s News and Public Affairs Programming Honored by PRNDI and NY State Broadcasters Association

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Both Students and Professional Staff Recognized
 
New York, NY-The New York public radio station WFUV (90.7 FM/wfuv.org) has been recently honored with awards from the New York State Broadcasters Association and Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), a non-profit professional association that exists to improve local news and information programming by serving public radio journalists. This brings the total of WFUV’s awards and recognitions this year to more than two dozen.
 
The NY State Broadcasters Association recognized the station for Best Public Service Announcement/Campaign for its Strike a Chord campaign to combat mental illness stereotypes. WFUV’s Cityscape program, “The World of Pigeons,” was also acknowledged as Best Public Affairs Program or Series. Another Cityscape episode “The Art of People Watching,” won Best Commentary/Editorial.
 
The station earned three awards in PRNDI’s Newscast category. Fordham student Ann Pierret’s newscast won first place, while fellow student journalists Jeff Coltin and Blake Farmer each took second place.
 
PRNDI gave two awards to the station in the Spot News category. Student Connor Ryan placed first for his report, “Falling Tree Kills New Yorker, Many Point to Budget Cuts.” News & Public Affairs Director George Bodarky placed second for his piece, “AIDS in NYC's Chinese Community.”
 
The station was also recognized in the Series category. Bodarky received first place for his series “Health Disparities in NYC.” Second place for a series went to “Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens,” Stephanie Kuo’s piece for WFUV’s Strike a Chord campaign, which spotlights a particular issue every quarter.
 
"It's always a great honor to see the efforts of our news team recognized,” said Bodarky. “Our journalists work hard to keep our listeners informed through thorough and thoughtful reporting. I couldn't be prouder of their commitment and dedication to telling the story and getting it right."
 
 
About WFUV
 
WFUV (90.7 FM, wfuv.org), New York’s source for music discovery, is a noncommercial, member-supported public media service of Fordham University for more than 65 years. WFUV has received national recognition for its award-winning weekday format of adult album alternative music, award-winning local news and sports, and a diverse weekend lineup. WFUV’s robust website has extensive audio archives, videos, song playlists, an events calendar, blog and other resources.
 
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Contact: John Platt (718-817-4564 or jplatt@wfuv.org)  
 
 
 
 
Complete List of Honors and Awards for 2014 
 
Public Radio News Directors Inc., PRNDI 
Newscast Post-election newscast 11/6/13 
Newscast Newscast 12/13/13, Ann Pierret*
Newscast Newscast 12/5/13, Jeff Coltin* 
Series Health Disparities in NYC 
Series Strike a Chord: Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens 
Spot News AIDS in NYC's Chinese Community 
Spot News “Falling Tree Kills New Yorker, Many Point to Budget Cuts,” Connor Ryan* 
 
Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Gracie Awards
Student Awards:
Morlene Chin*, Outstanding Host - Entertainment/Information
 
Society of Professional Journalists:  Mark of Excellence Awards
 
Radio News Reporting:
Finalist: "Falling Tree Kills New Yorker, Many Point to Budget Cuts," Connor Ryan* 
 
Radio Feature:
Winner: "I am Somebody," Bobby Gubin* 
 
Radio In-Depth Reporting:
Winner: "Eyes on the Street: Seeking Justice and Pressuring Freedoms," Connor Ryan* 
 
Radio Sports Reporting:
Winner: "Bob Costas: The Last Word," Alex Smith* 
 
Best All-Around Newscast:
Finalist:  Ann Pierret, WFUV 
 
New York State Associated Press
 
Best News Special Documentary:
Cityscape: The Roaring 20s -- George Bodarky, Morlene Chin*, Julie Clark*.  First Place.  
 
Cityscape: Pigeons Love 'em or Hate 'em -- George Bodarky, Morlene Chin*. Special mention. 
 
Best News Series:
Strike a Chord: Food Banks and Soup Kitchens -- Stephanie Kuo. Special Mention. 
 
Health Disparities in NYC -- George Bodarky. Special Mention. 
 
Best Interview:
Glenn Close and Family Battle Stigma of Mental Illness -- George Bodarky
 
Best Spot News Coverage:
Metro North Train Derailment -- George Bodarky. Special Mention. 
 
Best Sports Coverage:
Bob Costas: The Last Word -- Alex Smith* First Place. 
 
Art Athens General Excellence of Individual Reporting:
George Bodarky: Health Disparities in NYC. Special Mention. 
 
New York State Associated Press Student Awards:
 
Chris Ulanowski* Memorial Award For Best News Story
 
WFUV-FM, Fordham University, New York, Some NYC Lawmakers, Advocacy Groups Aim to Change City's Use of Solitary Confinement , Kris Venezia* First Place. 
 
New York State Broadcasters Association
 
Best Public Service Announcement/Campaign: Mental Illness Stereotypes
 
Best Public Affairs Program or Series:  Cityscape: The World of Pigeons
 
Best Commentary/Editorial: The Art of People Watching
 
Best Feature: I Am Somebody - Bobby Gubin*
 
Best Coverage of a Local Sporting Event: Fordham vs. Bucknell - Mike Watts
 
Best Sportscast: One on One Scoreboard - Matt Moro
 
 
 
 
*=Fordham Student or recent graduate 
 

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