The Wyoming Public Radio News Department was awarded three Regional Edward R. Murrow awards today. WPR competes in region three in the small market category.
News Director Bob Beck said that everyone is excited about the news. "These are highly sought after awards and are difficult to win. I am extremely proud of our news team for their commitment to excellence. To win three awards in one year is amazing."
WPR Education reporter Aaron Schrank won in the Best Hard News category for his story on how new federal guidelines have led to seven Wyoming schools districts deciding to forgo federal dollars and leave the federal school lunch program.
Reporter Melodie Edwards won in the Best Use of Sound category for her light-hearted story about urban teens participating in a conservation program at Heart Mountain.
Former WPR reporter Irina Zhorov won for Best Investigative story. She focused on how smaller oil and gas development may be leading to lots of pollution.
All three winners will now be considered for national awards that will be announced in June.