WBUR Named Associated Press News Station of the Year

Contact: Colin Riley, 617-353-2240 | criley@bu.edu

(Boston) – WBUR-FM “three-peated” as the region’s top news station, winning the prestigious Associated Press (AP) broadcast journalism award for the third consecutive year at the news organization’s annual dinner and awards ceremony on April 8, announced Paul La Camera, general manager of The WBUR Group.

One of New England’s leading sources of news and information, the Boston University-owned NPR station also captured top honors within the AP’s “Enterprise Reporting,” “Feature Reporting” and “Use of Sound” categories for large-market stations.

“We are honored by this acknowledgement of our dedicated news team,” said Sam Fleming, WBUR’s managing director of News and Programs. “These awards are a tribute to the hardworking, intelligent and creative professionals who are so deeply committed to the delivery of high quality news and information to our listeners.”

Reporter Martha Bebinger’s series on “Health Care Disparities,” which touched on the academic, scientific and social issues, particularly racial, in relation to available health care, won in the “Enterprise Reporting” category. “Harry Potter in Braille,” a story by Monica Brady-Myerov on the reaction by several Perkins School for the Blind students to the latest book by J.K. Rowling, bested the competition in the “Feature Reporting” section. Reporter Sean Cole’s decision to allow Shakespeare & Company’s education director to exclusively narrate his piece on the organization’s fall festival proved to be the winning formula within the “Use of Sound” category.

“Our AP `hat trick’ as New England’s outstanding station is particularly gratifying,” said News Director & Managing Editor John Davidow. “To earn that high-level of consistent performance is crucial to our goal of ongoing leadership within the radio industry.”

At the ceremony, WBUR was also recognized for winning the 2006 Edward R. Murrow “Overall Excellence” award from the New England Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA). The station dominated the RTNDA competition, prevailing in seven of the nine categories within the region’s large-market division, including best web site. All regional winners are now eligible for the national competition whose victors will be honored in New York in October.

The RTNDA near-sweep included the following:

• Overall Excellence
• Continuing Coverage – Hurricane Katrina
• Feature Hard News – College Drug Abuse (Monica Brady-Myerov)
• News Documentary – “Snakeheads & Slavery” (Senior Producer Anna Bensted; Reporter Michael Goldfarb; Technical Director George Hicks)
• News Series – “Reading, Writing & Race” (Reporters Monica Brady-Myerov, Audie Cornish, Martha Bebinger and Bob Oakes; produced by Anna Bensted)
• Use of Sound – “Thanksgiving Day Plumbers” (Reporter Sean Cole)
• Web Site – WBUR.org

WBUR is owned and operated by Boston University and is a member of National Public Radio. WBUR also broadcasts a selection of BBC programs and locally produced programs such as “Here & Now,” “On Point,” “Only a Game,” and “Car Talk.” WBUR has won more than 100 major awards for its news coverage, including several George Foster Peabody Awards, and was named the Associated Press News Station of the Year four times since 2000.