August 11, 2011
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NPR NEWS WINS FIVE NABJ 2011 SALUTE TO EXCELLENCE NATIONAL MEDIA AWARDS

NEWS-TALK SHOW "TELL ME MORE" AND HOST MICHEL MARTIN HONORED, ALONG WITH MULTIMEDIA COVERAGE OF HAITI EARTHQUAKE AND PROFILES OF AN INFLUENTIAL SOUL SINGER AND A CIVIL RIGHTS LEGEND

NPR News has been honored with five National Association of Black Journalists 2011 Salute to Excellence National Media Awards for best radio program, commentaries, feature reporting and interactive news, it was announced Saturday. Winners include the news-talk show Tell Me More and host Michel Martin's weekly commentary series, "Can I Just Tell You"; a multimedia piece tracking Haiti's recovery from the devastating earthquake; and feature reports on singer Donny Hathaway and Civil Rights activist Dorothy Height. The Salute to Excellence National Media Awards recognize journalism that best addresses and covers the African and/or African-American experience.

NPR's Tell Me More – which broadcast live from the NABJ convention on Friday, August 5 – was named the top public affairs radio program for its daily exploration of current events, social issues and personal experiences relevant to multicultural life in the U.S. Separately, the show's host Michel Martin was recognized for her weekly series of commentaries, "Can I Just Tell You,” which in recent months have explored such topics as the different reactions to street crime versus corporate crime, why there were so few women at the table during debt negotiations and the problem with allowing politicians to use race as a wedge issue in political campaigns.

The NPR.org feature "A Year of Challenges: Haiti After the Quake," received first place honors for interactive news. The multimedia effort, led by Supervising Senior Producer for Multimedia Keith Jenkins, and the Digital Media staff, presented a collection of NPR News stories as an interactive exploration of the political, economic and human aspects of the country’s struggle to recover from the devastating earthquake of 2010.

NPR National Desk reporter Allison Keyes won two awards: for best radio feature and best long form radio news story. Reported as part of NPR Music's "50 Great Voices" series, Keyes' story "Donny Hathaway: Neglected Heart of Soul" explored the singer’s solo work as the foundation of the soul genre, and his lasting influence on later musicians. Her second honor was for "Remembering Civil Rights Activist Dorothy Height," a long form piece which highlighted the extraordinary life of the civil rights leader.

Additionally, NPR Member stations in Illinois, New York and North Carolina were honored separately for their work. Each station received four awards with WBEZ Chicago being recognized for its public affairs, investigative and news reporting; WNYC New York winning in documentary, news, sports and feature categories; and WUNC North Carolina taking home honors in sports, feature, news and public affairs coverage.

NABJ announced the winners on Saturday, August 7, at the Salute to Excellence Awards Gala in Philadelphia as part of its annual Convention and Career Fair. Additional information about NABJ, the awards and all of the recipients is available online at www.nabj.org/?page=STEWinners2011.