Congrats to fellow journalists Bobbie O'Brien, Cathy Carter, Stephanie Colombini, Daylina Miller, Steve Newborn, Roberto Roldan, Mark Schreiner and Robin Sussingham — the Florida Associated Press selected their work from almost 600 entries from Florida TV and radio stations. These eight are with WUSF, which broadcasts in both formats.
Cathy Carter, Mark Schreiner and Robin Sussingham won top honors for their work. Carter won in the General Assignment category for "20,000 Join Women's March in St. Petersburg”; Schreiner's first place sports coverage was for a segment on University Beat, "Jose Fernandez Celebrates 300 Wins as USF Women's Basketball Coach"; and Sussingham landed her first place in the Cultural/Historical category for her feature on "Violins of Hope Give Voice to Voiceless of Holocaust."
O'Brien's feature, "An Unknown Future for Military Caregivers of Post-9/11 Veterans", earned her second place in the Hard Feature category. It dealt with veterans, active military and their families and the coverage was part of a public radio collaborative, American Homefront, that went out to radios across the United States.
Colombini and Miller jointly took second place in the Series/Franchise Reporting category for stories they wrote for "Art Populi: Live Music in Tampa Bay" series. Colombini's award comes for two stories, one about a weekly jazz jam session and the other for her covering Bjorkestra. Miller’s work detailed Tampa's part in the global rise of death metal.
Roberto Roldan and Steve Newborn won second place under the Continuing Coverage category for their reporting on the way the Seminole Heights community dealt with last fall's killing spree.
Well done, WUSF.