VPR Recognized for Excellence in Journalism

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Vermont Public Radio has won 9 regional Edward R. Murrow awards.  The Radio and TV News Directors Association has honored outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Murrow’s pursuit of excellence in journalism embodies the spirit of the awards that carry his name.

VPR was honored in nine different categories for excellence in broadcasting and public service, the most the station has ever received. The regional awards are selected from nominations at public and commercial radio stations in the New England states.

Click on the links below the category titles to listen to the stories.


Overall Excellence

This category contains a collection of work from the news department including stories, interviews, call-in programs, election coverage, newscast, special series samples and commentaries.  Click on the "Listen" link to hear the actual award winning entry. 

Click on the "Related Audio" link at the bottom of the page to hear a special
thirty-minute version of the award-winning Overall Excellence entry,
hosted by VPR Vice President for News & Programming, John Van Hoesen.

Explore all the entries by following the links below.

Patrick Leahy reacts to early returns on election night

Parents raise concerns about new Burton snowboard line 

VT Edition: Live from the Tunbridge World’s Fair 

Lowell residents concerned about asbestos exposure

Residents of Cavendish remember Alexander Solzhenitsyn as a neighbor

Birth Rate Blues 

Soldiers Revisited: Sebastian Szykier 

My Vermont: Andrew Wellman 

Those CCC Boys 

Farm Families

Leahy says Clinton should drop out of race 

VPR’s 2008 Gubernatorial Debate 

Vermont Reads: Robert Frost – Family Life

Eye on the Night Sky, December 29th 2008

Midday Newscast: July 3, 2008


Continuing Coverage: The Brooke Bennett Murder

Community holds vigil for Brooke Bennett

Vermont man charged with kidnapping Bennett could face death penalty

Funeral held for Brooke Bennett

VT Edition Interview: Attorney General Bell Sorrell on Sex Offender Laws

Bennett case sparks debate over how to reduce sexual violence

Some question whether tougher penalties actually make public safer

Deadlock continues over special legislative session

Some prosecutors question "Jessica’s Law"

Douglas Symington disagree over how to fight sex crimes

Sorrell says funding special investigative units should be top priority

Advocates say more prevention programs needed to reduce child sex abuse

Committee will recommend stronger law for sex crimes

Lt. Gov candidates disagree over sex offender laws

Senate committee unveils new sexual assault law


Feature Reporting

Despite setbacks, homeless family focused on future 


Feature Hard News

Parents raise concerns about new Burton snowboard line 


Investigative reporting: Asbestos Mine Waste

Health officials warn of asbestos dangers near mine 

Officials investigate whether asbestos tailings were used on roads

Lowell residents concerned about asbestos exposure 

Absestos mine clean-up to cost more than $200 million 

Health Department reports error in asbestos study




Those CCC Boys


Use of Sound

Final exam with a twist



A bird’s eye view of the Governor’s weekly press conference 



VPR Reports: Campaign 2008

Farm Families

Those CCC Boys

The My Vermont Project


Click on the Related Audio link below to hear a special thirty-minute version of the award-winning Overall Excellence entry, hosted by VPR Vice President for News & Programming, John Van Hoesen

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