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WPR News Receives National Awards


July 28, 2008 — Wyoming Public Radio news received two awards for news coverage in national competition sponsored by Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI).

The awards were presented at PRNDI's recent national meeting in Washington, D.C. PRNDI is the national organization for public radio news directors. The annual awards honor the best in public radio news journalism from across the country.

Wyoming Public Radio (WPR) received a second place in the Best News and Public Affairs category for its "Open Spaces" program. WPR reporter Peter O'Dowd received a second place in the Best Writing category for a story called "Urban Bark Beetles." Samples can be found on the WPR Web site, www.wyomingpublicradio.net and click on "Open Spaces."

"I am gratified to be honored for the hard work we put into ‘Open Spaces'. It's the second national award we have won for the program and the entire staff is thrilled," says WPR news director Bob Beck. "I am also excited that Peter was recognized for his ability."

"Open Spaces" can be heard Fridays at 3 p.m. A service of the University of Wyoming, WPR can be heard on the Web at www.wyomingpublicradio.net and on the following FM frequencies: Afton, 91.3; Alta/Driggs, Idaho, 91.3; Buffalo, 90.5; Casper, 91.3; Cheyenne, 91. 9; Cody, 90.1; Douglas, 91.7; Dubois, 91.3; Evanston, 93.5; Gillette, 90.9; Green River, 90.5; Jackson, 90.3; Lander, 91.9; Laramie, 91.9; Newcastle, 90.5; Pinedale, 90.9; Powell, 90.1; Rawlins, 89.1; Riverton, 90.9; Rock Springs, 90.5; Saratoga, 89.1; Sheridan, 91.3; Sundance, 91.5; Thermopolis, 91.3; Torrington, 89.9; and Worland, 93.9.

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Writing Award -- Wyoming Public Radio reporter Peter O'Dowd received second place in the Best Writing category in national competition sponsored by Public Radio News Directors Inc. WPR's weekly program "Open Spaces" earned second place in the Best News and Public Affairs category. (UW Photo)

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