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2011.04.29 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

KVNO News Honored for Poverty Documentary

Omaha - Classical 90.7 KVNO News has received five Great Plains AP Broadcast Awards, competing regionally against non-commercial stations in Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota. KVNO was the only winning non-commercial station from Omaha.

The KVNO News team is led by news director Robyn Wisch, and received the following:

• First Place in “Series/Documentary” for "Voices: People in Poverty" (Angel Martin and Robyn Wisch)
• First Place in "Website" for KVNONews.com Second Place in “General Reporting” for "Reformed Neo-Nazi" (Robyn Wisch)
• Second Place in “Writing” for "Graffiti Debate" (Robyn Wisch)
• Second Place in “Continuing Story” for "Prenatal Coverage" (Robyn Wisch)

“We've worked hard to expand our newsroom over the past year, and I'm so proud of our team,” Wisch said. “We are committed to providing in-depth news coverage for our community, and we will continue to work hard to be a reliable source of fair and compelling journalism for Omaha.”

The prestigious awards follow on the heels of 10 Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA) Awards garnered by KVNO News on April 9. Journalism peers and educators alike acknowledge the KVNO News team’s commitment to producing a quality product.

"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).

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.

“Our staff consistently ‘think outside the box’ and creatively maximize the talent, potential, and contributions of staff, students, and volunteers,” 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.”

Reporter Angel Martin credited the support of the entire staff at the station.

“I'm excited and pleased to be working in a newsroom that pushes us to find the voices that often go unheard,” she said.

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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