KUAR Wins Seven Awards In Arkansas SPJ Contest

May 14, 2013

KUAR staff members pose with their awards. From left to right, Nathan Vandiver, Karen Tricot-Steward, Michael Hibblen, Chris Hickey (holding Malcolm Glover's award) and Ann Nicholson.
Credit Doug Steward

KUAR won seven awards for its news and arts coverage at the 2013 Arkansas Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists contest.

During an awards banquet Monday evening, the station learned four were first place winners, two won second place and one was a third place winner.

SPJ is one of the oldest organizations representing journalists in the U.S. Part of its mission is to encourage high standards and ethical behavior in journalism, while promoting and supporting diversity in the industry.

In the radio category of General News, Nathan Vandiver won first place for "Justice Stevens: Supreme Court Likely Regrets Citizens United."

In the Feature category, KUAR had two winners: Michael Hibblen, first place for his story for NPR "Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home Tells The Story Of A Town," and Ann Nicholson, third place for "Kevin Cole: Straight From the Soul."

In the Investigative/ Interpretive category, Karen Tricot-Steward won second place for "Program Helps Arkansas Child Care Providers Promote Social-Emotional Development."

In the Continuing Coverage category, Malcolm Glover won first place for "Arkansas Medicaid Funding And Youth Home," parts One and Two.

Finally, in the category of Political Coverage, KUAR won two awards: first place to Nathan Vandiver for "Arkansas Legislature Adjourns, House Chooses First Black Speaker," and second place to the KUAR staff for its longform coverage of "Election Night 2012 in Arkansas."

The wins come after KUAR won five awards last month from the Associated Press Broadcasters Association.