TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The Alabama Public Radio news staff was recently awarded two Radio Television News Directors Association Edward R. Murrow Regional Awards for 2001 in the small market category.
Housed in The University of Alabama College of Communication and Information Sciences, Alabama Public Radio airs the most local public radio programming in Alabama. Alabama Public Radio is affiliated with National Public Radio and Public Radio International and has stations WUAL-FM (west Alabama), WQPR-FM (northwest Alabama) and WAPR-FM (south central Alabama).
The Alabama Public Radio news staff won the Association’s Overall Excellence Award, which is given for a combination of stories done throughout the year. The award recognizes a range of APR stories, such as political coverage and general newscasts. The award marks the first time the news staff has won the Overall Excellence category in recent years.
Alabama Public Radio also won the Association’s News Documentary Award. The award was shared with WBHM, a public radio station in Birmingham. Three members from each news staff at APR and WBHM worked on the program. The award recognized the news documentary “Law of the Land: Alabama’s 1901 Constitution,” which highlighted the history of the state’s constitution, problems it has created for Alabama, as well as efforts to change it and efforts to keep things the way they are.
Both the Overall Excellence and News Documentary award winners will be in the competition for the national Murrow awards to be announced this summer.
The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.