WMU News

WMUK lauded by broadcast association

April 5, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- For the second consecutive year, WMUK has earned top honors from the Michigan Associated Press Broadcasters Association.

WMUK nabbed first place for "Best News Documentary," a category the station swept last year. The winning entry, "Challenge Academy," featured WMUK's Erin Toner as she followed several at-risk students through a youth rehabilitation program at nearby Fort Custer. Toner's story tracked students from around the state from the day they arrived at the Michigan National Guard academy through their graduation several months later.

The station also received an honorable mention in the "Best Sports Feature" category for Gordon Evans' story about WMU's synchronized skating team, which recently placed second in the nation at the U.S. Team National Championships. The piece featured interviews with skaters and the team's coach, focusing on why the University has a team and what inspires each person to stay involved.

The awards will be presented at the MAPBA annual meeting April 21.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 616 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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