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2011.04.11 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

KVNO Receives Regional Honors

Omaha - Classical 90.7 KVNO News received 10 Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA) Awards on April 9, including three honors for student entries, in Bloomington, Minn. during the two-day Midwest Journalism Conference.

The NBNA is a six-state regional association of radio and television news professionals and students whose mission is to provide educational opportunities to journalists. Member states include Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

The winning KVNO News team is led by news director, Robyn Wisch, and includes UNO student reporters Ben Bohall, Dan Jensen; Angel Martin and Lindsay Peterson. In addition, UNO student Josh Buda will be honored by the NBNA for his work the second year running.

In the medium market radio category, KVNO received the following:

First Place in "General Reporting" for "Prenatal Coverage" (Reporter Robyn Wisch)
First Place in "Soft Feature" for "Kooser on Cancer" (Reporter Robyn Wisch)
First Place in "Hard Feature" for "Beatrice Developmental Center" (Reporter Robyn Wisch)
First Place in "Series" for "Voices in Poverty" (Reporters Robyn Wisch and Angel Martin)
First Place in "Website" for KVNONews.com
Award of Merit in "Investigative" for "Lead Series" (Reporter Robyn Wisch in partnership with The Reader's Bryan Cohen)
Award of Merit in "Soft Feature" for "Reformed Neo-Nazi" (Reporter Robyn Wisch)

In the student market radio category, KVNO received the following:

First Place in "General Reporting" for "Violence Vigil" (Reporter Ben Bohall)
Award of Merit in "General Reporting" for "Robotics Competition" (Reporter Dan Jensen)
Award of Merit in "Documentary/Special" for "Darfur" (Reporters Lindsey Peterson, Ben Bohall, Brent Lubbert)

"These awards exemplify the commitment of our faculty and staff to growing our audiences, to maximizing the value of our services through communication technologies and to assuming a national leadership role in public broadcasting," said Dr. Gail F. Baker, dean of the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media (CFAM). "The educational experiences that students in our communication programs receive are greatly enhanced by opportunities to learn from and work side-by-side with award-winning media professionals."

UNO Television and KVNO Radio Media Operations Director, Dr. Robert Franklin said he is extremely proud of the KVNO news department's very high journalistic standards and commitment to moral and ethical standards, which translates into a tremendous job reporting, producing, and covering live, local, and regional news for listeners. He credited a dedicated and talented staff for its commitment to being the best news operation in the region.

“Staff and students have ‘thought outside the box’ and have been very creative maximizing the talent, potential, and contributions of staff, students, and volunteers with very limited financial resources,” Franklin said. “Our news stories are compelling, interesting, educational, and informative, and I am sure judges were convinced by the quality and excellence of each winning submission.”

As Omaha's premier public radio station, KVNO serves and enriches the community and University through quality programming that enlightens, entertains and informs. KVNO staff is committed to providing unique educational opportunities to students through training and employment in a professional environment, and to engaging an increasing number of listeners from communities both on-air and online. More information is available at KVNONews.com and KVNO.org.

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