AAAS Science Journalism Radio Award to be Presented to Daniel Grossman & WBUR-FM

in News Releases, Science & Technology, WBUR
February 9th, 2009

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

(Boston) – Daniel Grossman, producer and reporter for WBUR-FM’s “Meltdown: Inside Out,” the first radio documentary to thoroughly focus on the effects of global warming on Earth’s ice, will receive the 2008 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) top Science Journalism Award in the radio category at the organization’s annual meeting in Chicago on February 14.

The AAAS Science Journalism Awards represent the pinnacle of achievement for professional journalists in the science writing field. The awards recognize outstanding reporting for a general audience and honor individuals for their coverage of the sciences, engineering and mathematics. Founded in 1848, the AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society.

The one-hour special, which initially aired on WBUR, 90.9 FM in December 2007, and on 50 other public radio stations across the country during 2008, took the listener on a global tour from the massive ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica, to Peruvian tropical mountain glaciers, and to the sea ice of the far north and south. Hosted by Walter Cronkite, the program explored the implications of melting ice on the earth’s ecosystems, its wildlife and human habitat.

According to the judges, Grossman did “an outstanding job of reporting the science of global warming in ice sheets, mountain glaciers and sea ice,” said Mary Knudson, a freelance writer who is also faculty adviser for science-medical writing students at The Johns Hopkins University. Grossman’s series of reports “addressed a complex and very important issue with sophistication and with a very strong grounding in science,” said Marc Kaufman of The Washington Post.

WBUR’s Anna Bensted served as senior editor and executive producer, while George Hicks was editor, producer and technical director. The broadcast also garnered the top spot in the 2007 Associated Press awards for radio documentaries.

“Inside Out,” headed by Bensted, is a dynamic documentary unit producing long-format radio programs and multi-part series with a unique emphasis on the sounds and voices of a story, combined with first class narration, to engage listeners and bring them to the heart of the story.

One of New England’s leading sources of news and information, WBUR, 90.9 FM, 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,” “Only a Game,” “On Point,” and “Car Talk.” WBUR has won more than 100 major awards for its news coverage, including several George Foster Peabody Awards, the Associated Press News Station of the year for 2003-05, and three prestigious Edward R. Murrow Awards in the 2007 Radio-Television News Director Association’s (RTNDA) annual national electronic journalism competition.

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