Once again, the news and sports departments of WFUV took home a bevy of awards this past spring.
“While WFUV is known as a music-formatted station, we are enormously proud of our award-winning news and sports departments,” said WFUV general manager Chuck Singleton.
The New York State Associated Press announced that the station had earned first place in three professional categories. News & Public Affairs Director George Bodarky received two of them: Best News Special Documentary and Best Interview. In addition, Bodarky received special mentions for Best News Series, Best Spot News Coverage, and the Art Athens General Excellence of Individual Reporting award.
The other first place award went to one of WFUV’s student journalists, Alex Smith, FCRH ’14, for Best Sports Coverage. In the student competition for The Memorial Award for Best News Story, Kris Venezia took first place.
Earlier this year, The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation presented a Gracie Award to Morlene Chin for Outstanding Host in the Entertainment/Information category.
The Society of Professional Journalists also took notice. The Mark of Excellence Awards went to three WFUV student journalists. Bobby Gubin won a regional award for Radio Feature, as did Alex Smith for Radio Sports Reporting. Connor Ryan won a regional award for the Radio In-Depth Reporting category and is now a national finalist.