WRVO Public Media has once again been recognized for excellence in journalism and public affairs content. This month, the WRVO News team received awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), the Syracuse Press Club (SPC), the New York State Broadcasters Association (NYSBA) and the New York State Associated Press Association (NYSAPA).
Payne Horning's feature story on the 75th anniversary of Jewish refugees arriving at Fort Ontario in Oswego, has received the Regional Edward R. Murrow award for Feature Reporting. The story also aired on "Here and Now" at the end of August 2019.
For Special Program, Mark Lavonier, Leah Landry, Jason Smith and Catherine Loper's "Take Care: Legalizing recreational use of marijuana, revisiting medical use" received first place honors.
The following received second place honors in their respective categories:
For Spot News, Ellen Abbott's piece "SU students walk out of forum to address racism, chancellor agrees to majority of demands."
For News Feature or Series, Tom Magnarelli's piece "For struggling farmers out of options, FarmNet offers help."
For Human Interest Feature, Payne Horning's "The legacy of Oswego's Safe Haven is its lessons."
From the NYSBA, WRVO was awarded Outstanding Podcast for "The Heidi Allen Case: Central New York's Most Enduring Mystery."
From the NYAPA, WRVO's Payne Horning was awarded second place in the category of Best Continuing Coverage for his stories on Lake Ontario Flooding. WRVO was also awarded second place in the category of Best Podcast for "The Heidi Allen Case: Central New York's Most Enduring Mystery."