- IMAGE: Vivian Goodman, Mark Urycki, Amanda Rabinowitz and Chuck Poulton – all members of the award-winning WKSU news staff – gather in the studio at the radio station on Kent State's campus.
- IMAGE: Vivian Goodman, reporter and host at WKSU, was named Best Reporter in Ohio by the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, honoring work created in 2010.
- IMAGE: News Director M.L. Schultze's staff won multiple Ohio SPJ awards.
- IMAGE: Matt Watroba, a WKSU Folk Alley host and producer, takes a break while producing a feature in one of the radio station’s studios.
- IMAGE: WKSU reporter and host Jeff St. Clair produces a show in a radio station studio.
WKSU Honored, Reporter Named Best in Ohio
WKSU has received 11 Ohio SPJ Awards from Ohio chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) for the organization’s competition honoring work created in 2010. Awards were presented during a luncheon ceremony in Cleveland at Windows on the River. Since the addition of broadcast categories in 1998, WKSU has been recognized with more Ohio SPJ awards than any other radio news outlet – including being named Best News Operation five times. WKSU competes in the Ohio SPJ contest with other radio stations and journalists from media markets throughout Ohio and stations broadcasting to Ohio from surrounding states.
WKSU winners of 2011 Ohio SPJ Awards were:
- Best of Show – Best Reporter in Ohio, Reporter/Producer Vivian Goodman (body of work-2010).
- Best of Show – Best Web Site, Senior LAN Administrator Chuck Poulton, Multimedia Developer Joe Linstrum and Designer Renee Volchko
- First Place – Best Criminal Justice Reporting, WKSU News Staff for “Cuyahoga County Corruption”
- First Place – Best Documentary, Reporter/Producer Goodman for “Mean Kids”
- First Place – Best General Assignment Reporting, Goodman for “Perspective on the Cleveland Orchestra Strike”
- First Place – Best Medical/Science Reporting, Reporter/Producer Jeff St. Clair for “Cancer, Flies and Dark Matter”
- First Place – Best Minority Issues Reporting, Goodman for “Dana and Desiree”
- Second Place – Best Sports Profile, WKSU News Staff for “WKSU on Sports”
- Second Place – Best Environment Reporting, Reporter/Producer Tim Rudell for “Stealth Neighbors”
- Second Place – Best Continuing Coverage, WKSU News Staff for “May 4th Remembered”
- Second Place – Best Feature Reporting, Reporter/Producer Amanda Rabinowitz for “Coast Guard Cutter”
The 2011 Ohio SPJ Awards competition honors print and broadcast journalists from Ohio and bordering states who best served the public interest in 2010. The awards, which are presented by the Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland chapters of the SPJ, were judged by members of SPJ chapters throughout the United States.
WKSU broadcasts NPR & Classical Music at 89.7 FM, and is a service of Kent State University. WKSU programming is also heard on WKRW 89.3 FM in Wooster, WKRJ 91.5 FM in Dover/New Philadelphia, WKSV 89.1 FM in Thompson, WNRK 90.7 in Norwalk and W239AZ 95.7 FM in Ashland. The station broadcasts four HD Radio channels – adding WKSU-2 Folk Alley, WKSU-3 The Classical Channel and WKSU-4 The News Channel to the analog broadcast schedule. The WKSU website is www.wksu.org.