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WVXU Wins 13 Awards For Ohio's Best Journalism


Congratulations to my WVXU news coworkers for winning 13 awards from the Ohio chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists' 2020 Ohio's Best Journalism competition.

The Cincinnati Public Radio news team won nine first place awards, including for best radio newscast, radio website, news anchor (Maryanne Zeleznik), blog (Howard Wilkinson) and business reporting (Ann Thompson).

Reporter Tana Weingartner won four first-place awards for best radio spot news, criminal justice, minority issues and education issues reporting. She also won two of the station's four second place awards.

"We are extremely grateful to the Ohio SPJ for recognizing the hard work and professionalism of our team of journalists," says Zeleznik, news director and Morning Edition anchor. "Our daily goal is to bring our listeners the stories of our wide-ranging community with clarity, humanity and truth. These awards validate this goal, and we look forward to continuing our work into the future."

Ohio SPJ awards also were presented to media throughout the state, including Cincinnati Associated Press correspondent Dan Sewell; the Cincinnati Enquirer;; Cincinnati magazine; CityBeat; Cincy magazine; attorney Jack Greiner; Hamilton Journal-News; Miami University; WCPO-TV; WKRC-TV; WLWT-TV; WMKV-FM and WXIX-TV. Here's the full list.

WVXU's first place awards:

Best of Show Radio-Best News Cast - October 11, 2019 - WVXU News Team

Best Radio Website – - WVXU News Team

Digital Media, Best of Show Blog - Politically Speaking - Howard Wilkinson

Best of Show Radio Anchor - Maryanne Zeleznik

Best Business Reporting - Robotics Farm- Ann Thompson

Best Radio Spot News - Sewage Leak Affecting Winton Woods Lake - Tana Weingartner

Best Criminal Justice Reporting - 60 Arrested in Largest Opioid Prescription Takedown Ever - Tana Weingartner

Best Minority Issues Coverage - Transgender Singing Voice Conference Expands Vocal Perspectives- Tana Weingartner

Best Education issues Reporting - Five Years After Oil Spill, Public Gets First Look At Oak Glen Nature Preserve- Tana Weingartner

WVXU's second place awards:

Best of Show Radio Reporter - Tana Weingartner

Best Enterprise Reporting - Neighbors To King’s Island—Please Cut The Noise -Tana Weingartner

Best of Show Radio Public Affairs Program – Personal Stories of Organ Donation - Cincinnati Edition

Best Education Issues Reporting Radio - Can There Be Racial Equity in History Lessons? One Class Is Trying - Ambriehl Crutchfield

John Kiesewetter's reporting is independent and has only been edited by Cincinnati Public Radio for style and grammar. 

John Kiesewetter, who has covered television and media for more than 35 years, has been working for Cincinnati Public Radio and WVXU-FM since 2015.