CPR Wins Big at CBA’s 2010 Awards of Excellence

Colorado Public Radio (CPR) received top honors in local news reporting and producing in two categories in the Colorado Broadcasters Association’s 2010 Awards of Excellence.

CPR Reporter Megan Verlee‘s news series exploring the legislative process, “Biography of a Bill,” won first place for Best Public Radio Documentary or Series. A collection of stories on doctors’ disclosure of financial ties with pharmaceutical companies, reported by CPR Health Reporter Eric Whitney, received the second place award in the same category.

In the category of Best Public Radio News Special or Public Affairs Program, first place was awarded to CPR for the Dec. 14 edition of its local news interview program, “Colorado Matters.” The program focused on the careers of jazz singer Mandy Harvey and former Speaker of the House Terrance Carroll. Second place in the same category went to CPR for the Sept. 13 edition of “Colorado Matters,” which updated and gave listeners various perspectives about last year’s Fourmile Canyon fire, including the experiences of homeowners who broke the law and returned to their properties against the state fire marshal’s safety orders. Host Ryan Warner, Senior Producer Sadie Babits, Producer Zachary Barr, and Audio Producer David Fender worked together in producing the two award-winning editions of “Colorado Matters.”

CPR Adds Murrow Award Winner to Staff

Colorado Public Radio (CPR) hired award-winning journalist Pat Mack as a reporter and producer for its daily interview program, “Colorado Matters.” Mack previously was with South Dakota Public Radio, and prior to that served as health affairs communications coordinator for the University of South Dakota’s Sanford School of Medicine and School of Health Sciences. Mack received two Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for his feature stories and production work.

Chicken Feature Lands Award for CPR Reporter

Congratulations to Colorado Public Radio (CPR) reporter Megan Verlee for her second-place award for “Use of Sound” from the 2010 Colorado Associated Press Broadcasters Association Contest. Verlee’s story, featuring sounds mixed by CPR Audio Producer David Fender, covered the changing nature of municipal ordinances for livestock in urban areas, with a special focus on her neighbor’s chickens living on a converted sun porch in northeast Denver.