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Honors and awards for 2012

From left to right: Mark Lavonier, Ryan Delaney, Joanna Richards and Ellen Abbott accepting awards at the Syracuse Press Club awards dinner.

Recently, the WRVO news team has been recognized for their achievements by press organizations in Syracuse and statewide. Saturday, May 4, awards were presented by the Syracuse Press Club (SPC) for the best central New York journalism in 2012.

Thanks to the hard work of our reporters, WRVO achieved many first and second place finishes:

Spot News:

1st place: Ellen Abbott, "Post-Standard publisher explains why it's cutting print editions"


1st place: Ryan Delaney, "Did Destiny USA ruin it for other developers in Syracuse?"

2nd place: Joanna Richards, "DEC tries to calm fears over industrial site's health effects"

News Feature:

1st place: Ellen Abbott, "Project to protect old forests comes to Cortland"

2nd place: Mark Lavonier, "Ayesha Khan interview"

We'd also like to congratulate WRVO contributors A. Randall Wenner for his human interest feature "Holiday music on the radio - Enjoyable or irritating;" and Durrie Lawrence for her radio news story "A community in transition: Syracuse's Somali-Bantu refugees need literacy for citizenship test," and radio feature story "Young woman finds a home among the homeless."

The New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association (NYSAPBA) also released the winners of its annual news awards early this week. Here is the complete list of WRVO honorees in our class (winners of first place and special mention will be announced at the awards ceremony):

Best News Special/Documentary:

WRVO News Election Night Special Coverage - Catherine Loper, Jason Smith, Ellen Abbott, Ryan Delaney, Mark Lavonier, WRVO News Staff

Best News Series:

Ryan Delaney, "Downtown Syracuse goes residential"

Joanna Richards, "Local Foods Series"

Best Interview:

Ellen Abbott, "Profile: Ann Marie Buerkle working for a 2nd term"

Best Spot News Coverage:

Ellen Abbott, "Post-Standard publisher explains why it's cutting print editions"

Best Continuing News Coverage:

Ellen Abbott, Ryan Delaney, WRVO News Staff, "The saga of Destiny USA"

Joanna Richards, "Residents near Watertown industrial site say pollution has made them sick"

Best Enterprise Reporting:

Ryan Delaney, "New York's craft breweries bubble on thanks to tax credit deal"

Ellen Abbott, "Stand Against Suicide offers help while increasing awareness"

Best Feature:

Ellen Abbott, "Project to protect old forests comes to Cortland"

Joanna Richards, "Kids study water levels' effects on invasive species at Eel Bay"

General Excellence in Use of Medium:

Jasmyn Belcher, "Syracuse man teaches the history of Ellis Island"

Ellen Abbott, "Fayetteville's high tech Fab Lab"

The AP awards ceremony will be held on June 1 in Saratoga Springs.