90.7 WMFE and 89.5 WMFV are Central Florida's primary provider of NPR programming and Classical Music. Part of the community since 1965, providing quality national and local news and programming. We inspire and empower all Central Floridians to discover, grow and engage within and beyond their world.
Support for 90.7 WMFE is provided by





Reporter Renata Sago and Intersection’s Brendan Byrne and Matthew Peddie recognized


ORLANDO — The news team at 90.7 WMFE won awards in categories including cultural/historical feature and public affairs at the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters 2016 radio and TV contest held April 9 at the annual FAPB awards banquet in Orlando.

WMFE is in the Radio I division of the statewide contest.

Reporter Renata Sago won second place in the cultural/historical feature category for her piece “Vietnamese Vets Still Fighting the War Forty Years After Fall of Saigon,” which recounts the harrowing journeys of Vietnam veterans and Orlando residents Tuan Tran and his friend Cang Nguyen.



In the public affairs category, second place went to Matthew Peddie, host of WMFE’s news and in-depth conversation program, Intersection, and assistant news director, and Brendan Byrne, program and online content producer, for their Intersection show “Parramore Tackles a Changing Neighborhood.”

The Aug. 18, 2015, show focused on how Parramore, Orlando’s historically black neighborhood, is dealing with crime and development, including a soccer stadium, amid an expanding economy.





“I’m so proud of our team,” WMFE News Director Catherine Welch said. “They work so hard, and this is just further proof that we have one of the best newsrooms in the state.”

WMFE was also recognized as part of in-depth reporting collaborative Health News Florida, which was founded in 2006 by WUSF Public Media and has reporters from WLRN in Miami, WMFE in Orlando and WUSF in Tampa. Health News Florida won second place in series reporting for “HIV in Florida: The Rising Tide of Infection”. The collaborative also won second place in the website category.

This year, 32 broadcasters submitted 459 entries in the Florida AP contest, which featured news, sports and weather reporting as well as features and photography from 2015. Entries were judged by broadcasters from California, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.


ABOUT FLORIDA ASSOCIATED PRESS BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION: The Associated Press is a nonprofit news cooperative representing 1,400 newspapers and 5,000 broadcast stations in the United States. Visit http://discover.ap.org/contests/florida to learn more.

ABOUT 90.7 WMFE: 90.7 WMFE 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; and 90.7-2 Classical. Part of the community since 1980, WMFE focuses on providing quality national and local news and programming. Visit wmfe.org to learn more.

# # #

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Jenny Babcock at 407-273-2300 ext. 112 or email at jbabcock@wmfe.org.