Wyoming Public Radio reporters awarded for journalism excellence

WYOMING – Congrats to our colleagues at Wyoming Public Radio. Reporting news, especially in the radio medium, is an extremely difficult task and one often taken for granted.

We at Buckrail are pleased to see three WPR reporters recognized for their outstanding work. Melodie Edwards, Cooper McKim, and Maggie Mullen were awarded four Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards honoring outstanding achievement in broadcast and digital journalism.

Melodie Edwards won the Best Hard News award for her story called Health Officials Grapple For An Accurate Picture Of Opioid Drug Abuse In Wyoming. It’s a story about how the dangers of opioid addiction may be overlooked in the state.

Cooper McKim won the Best Feature category for his story called The Arts: A Lasting Legacy of Matthew Shepard. It’s the story of the three-part oratorio called Considering Matthew Shepard.

McKim also won the Excellence in Sound award for his sound rich story on the aquatic stonefly and how its existence is being threatened by climate change.

Maggie Mullen won the Best Sports Reporting award in her capacity as a Mountain West News Bureau reporter for her story called Do Politics Go With Football? 50 Years Ago Wyoming’s Black 14 Said Yes.

Wyoming Public Media News Director Bob Beck said, “All three reporters show a strong commitment to storytelling, journalism, and excellence. Over the years, our reporters have now won 18 regional Murrow awards, which is an amazing feat.”

“University of Wyoming base funds coupled with strong listener and donor support have brought WPM reporting resources to a competitive level with major broadcasters,” said Wyoming Public Media General Manager, Christina Kuzmych. “It’s a proud testament to a strong partnership.”

WPM competes in region three which includes commercial and non-commercial stations in Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. The stories will now advance to the national competition. National award winners will be announced in June.

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