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Michigan Radio wins awards for COVID and other coverage

Michigan Radio was recognized with three awards from the Public Media Journalists Association on Thursday evening for the station’s news reporting. The station won First Place in two categories for coverage related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The station’s Statesideprogram won first place in the audience engagement program category for “How do you survive 'pandemic parenting'?” The program, which originally aired on Oct. 9, 2020,  looked at how parents were dealing with the new reality of kids in virtual school while also balancing work and home life.

The station also took first place in the continuing coverage category for its ongoing COVID-19 pandemic reporting. Michigan Radio has devoted extensive resources to covering the people impacted by the pandemic, how our health care system is faring and what it has meant for our economy.

Michigan Radio’s Sarah Cwiek won second place in the news feature category for “Tax foreclosure lawsuit asks: How much can government take from property owners?” This story shows how citizens, especially those at risk of foreclosure, don’t understand how the foreclosure process works and how easy it can be to lose their home if they owe some back taxes.

The Public Media Journalists Association is a non-profit professional association that exists to improve local news and information programming by serving public media journalists across the United States. The awards recognize the best work in public media journalism from across the country, with stations competing against others with similar-sized newsrooms. Michigan Radio competes in Division AA, which is for public radio stations with news staffs of 16 or more.

Steve is Michigan Public's Marketing Director. His job involves coordinating the station’s marketing, communication and public relations efforts, special events, car donation program and community & media partnerships.