KOSU, StateImpact Oklahoma and Focus: Black Oklahoma have won 18 awards from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists, Professional Chapter for stories airing in 2021.
StateImpact Oklahoma reporter Robby Korth was named “Top Broadcast Reporter” for his work in 2021, covering issues like tense school board meetings and how K-12 schools continued to be affected. by the coronavirus.
In the ‘Radio: General News’ category, former StateImpact reporter Quinton Chandler took first place, while Korth’s collaboration with OklahomaNuria Martinez-Keel took second place.
In the ‘Radio: Feature’ category, Korth took first place and former KOSU farm reporter Seth Bodine took second place.
It was a clean sweep in the “Radio: Investigative and Corporate Reporting” category, as KOSU Native Affairs reporter Allison Herrera took first place, while Bodine took second place and the StateImpact Oklahoma reporter Catherine Sweeney, the third.
Herrera picked up two more awards – first and second place – in the category “Radio: Reporting on Government and Criminal Justice.”
KOSU reporters won two more awards in the “Radio: Diversity Coverage” category, with Herrera taking first place and Bodine second.
Free kick in the “Radio: Special Program/Interview/Talk Show” category, with Goal: Black Oklahoma taking first place, KOSU’s Matthew Viriyapah taking second place and KOSU’s Michael Cross and contributors Neva Hill and Ryan Kiesel taking third place for their weekly podcast and radio segment This Week in Oklahoma Politics.
In the ‘Community Engagement’ category, KOSU reporter Kateleigh Mills won first place for a vaccine information guide available in three languages - English, Spanish and Vietnamese. Mills and KOSU’s Ryan LaCroix took second place for their guide to where to get tested for COVID-19, which launched in a late summer push in 2021.
In the “Interactive Graphic or Resource” category, Korth, Sweeney and StateImpact editor Logan Layden took second place.
KOSU has won nearly 150 Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists, Professional Chapter awards since 2011.