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2012.04.09 > For Immediate Release
contact: Kim Balkovec - KVNO
phone: 402.554.5866 - email: kbalkovec@unomaha.edu

KVNO News Receives 15 Eric Sevareid Awards at Midwest Journalism Conference

Omaha - KVNO News received 15 Eric Sevareid awards, including seven honors for student entries, on March 30 at the Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA) annual awards banquet at the Midwest Journalism Conference in Bloomington, Minn.

“Although our revamped ‘hard news’ operation at KVNO is just barely over two years old, this is the second year that KVNO News has earned multiple awards of distinction from the NBNA for the important stories we tell every day,” said Dana Buckingham, KVNO assistant general manager and executive news producer. “This recognition by our peers is an affirmation of our commitment to present quality locally-produced news content that is focused primarily on issues of political, social and economic importance to the greater Omaha metro.

“As most commercial radio news operations in our community have been dramatically scaled back in recent years, we have utilized the talent and resources of our UNO students to provide the kind of coverage that you just can’t get anywhere else. Thanks to the dedication of our News Director Robyn Wisch, as well as the support and active involvement of the UNO faculty, our students are gaining valuable ‘real world experience’ that only a select few institutions of higher learning are able to offer their students. This recognition for their work and the experience they gain at KVNO will give them an important advantage in a very competitive job market once they graduate.”

KVNO News garnered eight first-place honors. In the Sports Reporting category for Student Market Radio, student reporter Jon Schriner won for “Alberts, Denney Interviews Shed New Light on Split.” Student reporter Lindsey Peterson won for both “Unassisted Home Birth in Nebraska” in the Series category, and for “Girls Rock!” in the Soft Feature category, both for Student Market Radio.

News director Robyn Wisch won three first-place awards for Medium Market Radio, including “The Value of Urban Art” in the Broadcast Writing category, “State of Our Schools” in the Series category, and “History Harvest” in the Soft Feature category. Also in Medium Market Radio, reporter Ben Bohall won first place for “Missouri River Flood” in the General Reporting category, and KVNONews.com took the Websites category.

Student reporter Angel Martin received two Medium Market Radio Awards of Merit, one in the Series category for “Healthy Food Series,” and one for “Let’s Talk About Sex … in School” in the Hard Feature category. Dan Jenson picked up an Award of Merit in the Student Market Radio/Series category for “Securing a Campus.”

News director Robyn Wisch also garnered four Awards of Merit in Medium Market Radio categories, including “Uta Hallee Treatment Center to Close” for Spot News, “Nation’s Debt has People Talking” for Audio, “Mavericks Reel After UNO’s Surprise Move” for Sports Reporting, and “Latino Teens Tackle Public Health” for Soft Feature.

"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."

A list of all award recipients is available at: http://nbna.info/.

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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