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Receives Four First Place Awards Including “Best Spot News”

Contact: Meredith Hart, Marketing & Communications Director

89.7 NPR News, the all-day NPR news radio station of WOSU Public Media, was honored with seven awards from the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists.

The 2016 Ohio’s Best Journalism Competition recognizes work from the 2015 calendar year and was presented collaboratively by the Society of Professional Journalists’ chapters in Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland. There were 652 entries submitted.

Four First Place awards were given to 89.7 NPR News in a variety of categories, including Best Consumer Reporting to 89.7 NPR News Morning Host Debbie Holmes and Best Spot News to the entire WOSU News Team.

Full details of the 2016 Ohio’s Best Journalism Competition are as follows:

Best Consumer Reporting – First Place to 89.7 NPR News Morning Host Debbie Holmes for “Goodwill’s New Look Appealing to Millennials” about the modernization of Goodwill retail outlets.

Best Spot News – First Place to the WOSU News and All Sides with Ann Fisher Teams for coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision regarding same-sex marriage.

Best Medical / Health Reporting – First Place to 89.7 NPR News Reporter Mandie Trimble for “The State of Cancer,” a three-part series looking at new treatments for cancer and the patients impacted by the disease.

Best of Show, Best Editor – First Place to 89.7 NPR News Reporter Sam Hendren for “Dublin Works to Save Historic Gravestones,” about efforts in Dublin to restore gravestones from the 1800s.

Best of Show, Best Newscast and Best Anchor – Second Place awards to 89.7 NPR News Morning Anchor and Managing Editor Steve Brown.

Best Website – Second Place to and the WOSU News Team.

Entries were judged by out-of-state chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists and professional organizations. This is the only Ohio competition that honors journalists who fulfill the SPJ mission: defense of the First Amendment, support of literacy, resistance to censorship, advocacy for openness of public records and meetings, media self-criticism and community service.

89.7 FM NPR News is the only all-day NPR news radio station in central Ohio and specializes in news and public affairs programming, including All Sides with Ann Fisher, Morning Edition, and All Things Considered. Live audio streaming of the station is also available at, as well as through the free WOSU Public Media mobile app.

WOSU Public Media is a community-supported, noncommercial network of public radio and television stations, and digital services.