The WORT News Department is pleased to announce that its reporters are finalists in five Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism Awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
It competed with radio broadcast outlets across the state, most of which have significantly larger budgets and staff. All of these stories were produced in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Finalists were announced on Friday. Place finishers in each category will be announced at a virtual awards ceremony this spring, but each finalist is guaranteed to win either a gold, silver, or bronze award.
Here’s a recap:
Best Coverage of a Single or Ongoing Breaking News Story
- Producer Jonah Chester, for his story on Epic Systems’ attempt to bring employees back to in-person work last summer.
- Producer Jonah Chester, reporter Martin Rakacolli, and News Director Chali Pittman for their coverage of the 2020 presidential election.
Best Long Hard Feature Story
- News Director Chali Pittman, for her coverage of doulas marching against racial inequities for women and children, as part of Black Lives Matter protests last summer.
Best Long Soft Feature Story
- Feature contributor Gianofer Fields for her feature on a man gently parting with his vintage electric Hammond organ – and his musical goodbye in the middle of a downpour.
Best Writing in an Audio Story
- Feature contributor Stu Levitan for his essay on the 1967 Dow protest at UW-Madison.