WBAA wins 2 national awards for news programming

July 6, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - WBAA, the National Public Radio member station on the Purdue University campus, recently received two awards for its news programming from Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI).

The awards, presented at the organization’s annual conference in late June, were for “Breaking News,” for coverage of January 2014’s shooting on campus and for “News/Public Affairs Program,” for the station’s “Monthly Conversation with Mitch Daniels,” which is finishing its first year as a 30-minute program.

“This is the result of a lot of hard work reshaping the WBAA newsroom. We’ve breathed new life into the news product over the last year, including doubling the amount of local content on our air every month, and it’s very rewarding to receive this kind of recognition from our peers,” said Stan Jastrzebski, the station’s news director. “The award for public affairs programming is especially important to us, because there are so many good local programs on public radio stations across the country and it’s a very competitive category.”

PRNDI is made up of leaders from public radio newsrooms across the country. Its annual contest is judged by public radio professionals, who this year listened to more than 1,100 entries in total. WBAA competes in the “small newsroom” category.

This marks the second time WBAA has been recognized within the last year. The station also won a 2015 Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio-Television Digital News Association. 

Source: Stan Jastrzebski, 765-494-3969, sjastrz@purdue.edu 

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