Here are our winners, and their work.
Best Breaking News Story, Radio
First – Ed Ronco, Robert Woolsey Coast Guard charges helo crash survivor in crewmates’ deaths
Judge’s comment: This is a well-written, well-delivered piece that makes good use of tape and narration to describe the predicament of the officer who survived a disastrous crash. — Corey Flintoff
Third – Ed Ronco Visitor makes “explosive” find on Sitka beach
Best Business Reporting, Radio
First – Ed Ronco Smaller timber sales might help smaller communities
Judge’s comment: This piece was a really nice story that helped explain and personalize a trend of vertical “value add” integration in the timber industry. This story excelled because it combined rich audio storytelling with a consistent focus on the economics driving the trend. — Curt Nickisch
Best Comprehensive Reporting, Radio
First – Ed Ronco Pelican struggles with absent fish economy (3-part series)
Judge’s comment: Ed did a great job of illustrating the importance of the cold storage facility and how the town is struggling since it’s closure. The writing and tape gave me lots of visuals – “something to look at” as Ira Glass would say. The writing was very conversational, and delivered that way too. — Kelley Griffin
Best Humor, All Media
Third – John Straley, Robert Woolsey Occupy North Pole! Resist the Fat Man (but take his cookies)
Congratulations also to our colleagues Shannon Haugland, Craig Giammona, and James Poulson for their award-winning work at the Daily Sitka Sentinel!