Valley Public Radio has picked up three Golden Mike Awards from the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California. They were winners at the 65th annual awards ceremony, held in late January, in the “Best Investigative Reporting,” “Best Light Feature Reporting” and “Best Business and Consumer Reporting” categories.
Radio stations are divided into categories according to size and Fresno competes in the smaller Division B.
In the past, KVPR entered the Northern California region of the awards. President and General Manager Mariam Stepanian says that KVPR was approached to be in the Southern California region because of their broadcast in Bakersfield.
Not only is the KVPR lineup heard locally on FM 89.3, the signal also airs on KPRC (FM 89.1) in Bakersfield.
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“We were not totally familiar with what’s out there. Our focus is ‘can we get the report out.’ But, they contacted us to enter and so we did. As for the winners, we had plenty to choose from,” Stepanian says.
The local winners include:
• Best Investigative Reporting: “One Year after the Rim Fire, Locals Share Frustration over Prosecutor’s Silence” by Diana Aguilera.
• Best Light Feature Reporting One Minute or Longer: “Teatro Azteca: Dreaming Up Spanish Language Theater In Fresno” by Ezra David Romero.
• Best Business and Consumer Reporting: “Google’s Self-driving Car and Others Use Merced as a Landing Pad” by Ezra David Romero.
“I am pleased to have our reporters and news team recognized for their professional talents in the reporting of local stories,” Stepanian says. “Our goal is to serve as an even stronger voice for the San Joaquin Valley.”
Valley Public Radio reaches listeners throughout Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Kern counties, as well as portions of Mariposa, Tuolumne, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus counties.
The Radio & Television News Association of Southern California (RTNA) is a nonprofit organization made up of professional broadcast journalists.