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Wyoming Public Radio Earns National Awards


June 22, 2009 — Wyoming Public Radio news personnel won a station record four awards from the Public Radio News Directors Association. The PRNDI awards honor the nation's best best public radio news reporting.

WPR's "Open Spaces" won first place honors for an hour-long special on the 1998 murder of UW student Matthew Shepard. Reporter Addie Goss won first place in both the Best Writing and Soft Feature categories for her story on whether the uranium boom town Jeffrey City will make a comeback.

Former WPR reporter Elsa Partan was awarded second place in the Investigative/Enterprise category for "The Kid Nobody Wanted," a story about a young man who became a poster child for bureaucracy.

Wyoming Public Radio News Director Bob Beck accepted the awards at a recent ceremony in Portland, Ore. He says, "Winning four awards is amazing and a tribute to the long hours and dedication of WPR's entire four-person news department."

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, 89.9; 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.

Photo:
Addie Goss and Bob Beck

Posted on Monday, June 22, 2009

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