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90.7 WMFE Nabs Four Florida AP Awards



ORLANDO — 90.7 WMFE reporters took home awards in the hard news, investigative, series/franchise reporting and public affairs categories for the 2018 Florida Associated Press Professional Broadcasters Contest.

WMFE's show Intersection won first place in the Public Affairs category for its episode on PTSD and first responders, produced in partnership with ProPublica. Three second place awards were for stories examining the response to the Pulse shooting, climate change in Florida and the tight gubernatorial race.

WMFE partnered with two nonprofit journalism organizations last year, ProPublica and Florida Center for Investigative Reporting (FCIR), for series on PTSD in first responders and climate change, respectively.

Here are 90.7 WMFE’s awards in the Radio I classification:

Public Affairs, First Place: Brendan Byrne, Matthew Peddie and Abe Aboraya, WMFE-FM & Charles Ornstein, ProPublica, “Intersection: PTSD & First Responders"

Feature | Hard News, Second Place: Brendan Byrne, WMFE-FM, “After Tight Gubernatorial Race, Ron DeSantis Claims Victory"

Investigative, Second Place: Abe Aboraya, WMFE-FM & Charles Ornstein, ProPublica, “‘Update on Active Shooter?’ How Orlando Authorities Failed to Prepare for a Mass Shooting Like Pulse

Series / Franchise Reporting, Second Place: Amy Green, WMFE-FM & Trevor Aaronson, FCIR, “State Climate Change Denial Leaves Coastal Communities on Their Own to Face the Risks

Thirty seven radio and television stations submitted 581 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories from 2018.

Winners were announced at the Florida AP Professional Broadcasters Contest awards banquet in Orlando on April 13. See all of the winners here.

About Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Association: 

APB is a not-for-profit organization made of various television, radio and digital stations who subscribe to the services of Associated Press. The mission of The Board of the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters is to advocate the advancement of broadcast journalism through various means, including, but not limited to: Development and distribution of scholarships for broadcast journalism students who attend Florida institutions of higher education; organizing an annual college and professional awards contest and gala; coordinate networking and best-practice sharing opportunities among college and professional members. Visit  floridaapawards.org to learn more.

About Community Communications Inc.:

Community Communications Inc. is a non-profit, member-supported, community-based public broadcasting company that operates 90.7 WMFE-FM, metro Orlando’s primary provider of NPR programming; 90.7-2 Classical; and since March 2018, 89.5 WMFV, public radio for The Villages, Leesburg and The Golden Triangle. Part of the community since 1980, Community Communications focuses on providing quality national and local news and programming. Visit  wmfe.org and  wmfv.org for more information.

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