2015 WYPR CAPBA
Three members of the WYPR newsroom recently walked away with four awards from CAPBA and two awards from PRNDI. Fraser Smith, John Lee with one each and Mary Rose Madden with two.
Outstanding Use of Sound - On The Day After, Baltimoreans Shine - Mary Rose Madden
Judges Comments - "Great use of sound. I could visualize what was happening. This is a case of a “sound being worth a thousand pictures."
Outstanding Documentary or In-Depth Reporting - On The Watch: Fixing the Fractured Relationship Between Baltimore's Police and It's Communities - Mary Rose Madden
Judges Comments - "Wow! Compelling story telling, great use of sound. This reporter puts us right in the middle of the action. It feels dangerous to be there…but this is news reporting at its best."
Outstanding News Series - Blood on the Highway - John Lee
Judges comments - "Great series on a topic that is very important but often overlooked."
Outstanding Editorial or Commentary - A Shattered City and a Search for Justice - Fraser Smith
Judges Comments - "Stations rarely produce commentaries today, yet they have a responsibility to serve as not just the conveyors of news, but analysts as well. WYPR’s commentaries tackle some hot button issues in a conversational way, and are not afraid to take what might not be the popular view. More stations should follow WYPR’s role as a leader in fostering conversation about community issues!"
The WYPR Newsroom was also recognized with two awards from Public Radio News Directors (PRNDI). On The Watch, a series from WYPR report Mary Rose Madden took First Place for a Series in Division B and Mary Rose Madden also took Second Place for a spot during the Freddie Gray protests.