WNYC Radio Wins 4 NABJ 2011 Salute to Excellence National Media Awards


(August 11, 2011, New York, NY) – WNYC Radio has been recognized with four National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) 2011 Salute to Excellence Awards in the Radio Top 15 Market category.  NABJ recognizes journalism that best covered the black experience or perspectives; the awards were announced last weekend at the Salute to Excellence Awards Gala at the NABJ Convention and Career Fair in Philadelphia.

WNYC won awards for the following radio pieces:

  • “Pop & Politics with Farai Chideya,” – Farai Chideya, Dean Cappello, Kerry Donahue, Suzie Lechtenberg
    Radio, Documentary

A three-part public radio and multimedia news series about the 2010 midterm elections, produced by Pop & Politics and WNYC and distributed by American Public Media, that looks beyond the horserace to get to the real issues, fears and beliefs that motivate voters.  Chideya and her team road-tripped through America to talk with Americans about their economic realities, regional concerns and national identity crises around religion, immigration, and race. 





  • “Chlorine and Curls” – Jenna Flanagan
    Radio, Sports

A news feature exploring the historical underpinnings of black women’s ambivalence to swimming, due in part to the effects of chlorine in their hair.



  • “Back to the Middle East” – Radio Rookies: Alexis Gordon, Courtney Stein, Marianne McCune, Kaari Pitkin 
    Radio, News: Long Form

Rookie Alexis Gordon explores her father’s decision to return to Iraq and serve a second time.   



  • “Gamun-Pyul” – Radio Rookis: Rayon Wright, Sanda Hyte, Marianne McCune, Kaari Pitkin
    Radio, Feature

Rookie Rayon Wright is a Jamaican-born teenager in love with Asian pop culture, who dreams of being a Korean music and entertainment producer. 


Radio Rookies is a WNYC youth journalism program that provides underserved New York City teenagers with the tools and training to create radio stories about themselves, their communities and their world.

For more information about the NABJ 2011 Salute to Excellence Awards, visit http://www.nabj.org/?page=awards.

New York Public Radio
 is New York's premier public radio franchise, comprising WNYCWQXR, and The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, as well as www.wnyc.orgwww.wqxr.org and www.thegreenespace.org.  As America's most listened-to AM/FM news and talk public radio stations, reaching 1.1 million listeners every week, WNYC extends New York City's cultural riches to the entire country on-air and online, and presents the best national offerings from networks National Public Radio, Public Radio International, American Public Media, and the British Broadcasting Company. WNYC 93.9 FM broadcasts a wide range of daily news, talk, cultural and music programming, while WNYC AM 820 maintains a stronger focus on breaking news and international news reporting. Classical 105.9 FM WQXR is New York City's sole 24-hour classical music station, presenting new and landmark classical recordings as well as live concerts from the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, among other New York City venues, immersing listeners in the city's rich musical life. In addition to its audio content, WNYC and WQXR produce content for live, radio and web audiences from The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, the station's street-level multipurpose, multiplatform broadcast studio and performance space. For more information about New York Public Radio, visit www.nypublicradio.org.


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