WFUV Honored by PRNDI, NY State Broadcasters Association

The New York public radio station WFUV (90.7 FM/wfuv.org) has been recently honored with awards from the New York State Broadcasters Association and Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), a non-profit professional association that exists to improve local news and information programming by serving public radio journalists. This brings the total of WFUV's awards and recognitions this year to more than two dozen.

The NY State Broadcasters Association recognized the station for Best Public Service Announcement/Campaign for its Strike a Chord campaign to combat mental illness stereotypes. WFUV's Cityscape program, "The World of Pigeons," was also acknowledged as Best Public Affairs Program or Series. Another Cityscape episode "The Art of People Watching," won Best Commentary/Editorial.

The station earned three awards in PRNDI's Newscast category. Fordham student Ann Pierret's newscast won first place, while fellow student journalists Jeff Coltin and Blake Farmer each took second place.

PRNDI gave two awards to the station in the Spot News category. Student Connor Ryan placed first for his report, "Falling Tree Kills New Yorker, Many Point to Budget Cuts." News & Public Affairs Director George Bodarky placed second for his piece, "AIDS in NYC's Chinese Community."

The station was also recognized in the Series category. Bodarky received first place for his series "Health Disparities in NYC." Second place for a series went to "Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens," Stephanie Kuo's piece for WFUV's Strike a Chord campaign, which spotlights a particular issue every quarter.

"It's always a great honor to see the efforts of our news team recognized," said Bodarky. "Our journalists work hard to keep our listeners informed through thorough and thoughtful reporting. I couldn't be prouder of their commitment and dedication to telling the story and getting it right."

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