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UPR Takes Home 18 SPJ Awards

Erin Cox

The staff of Utah Public Radio received 18 awards at the 2021 Utah Headliners Society of Professional Journalists Awards. You can listen to the award winning stories here:

Best Radio Reporter: Brian Champagne 


First Place Radio Multimedia Journalist: Brian Champagne


First Place Radio General News: Brian Champagne

“North Logan Council Votes To Merge With Logan's Fire Department”


First Place Best Podcast: Matthew D. LaPlante and Naomi Ward

Undisciplined: The Devil With The Blue Jeans


First Place Radio Personality Profile: Matilyn Mortensen

“Project Resilience: How Recording Kindness Can Help Build Community Resilience”


First Place Radio Spot News: Mia Fairbanks

“Despite Widespread Vote-By-Mail, Utah Voters Still Show Up To Polls On Election Day”


First Place Radio Military: Ashley Rohde

“Utahns On The Front Line: Families Separated By Duty”


Second Place Radio Military: Harley Barnes

“Utah Veterans Share Ways To Honor The Country THis Fourth Of July”


Second Place Radio Series: Utah Public Radio Staff

Project Resilience


Second Place Radio General Feature: Shoshannah Buxbaum

“In The Age-Old Battle Over Public Land, A New Push For Smaller Land Transfers”


Second Place Best Use of Sound: Aimee Van Tatenhove

“Christmas Bird Count: Listening For Owls”


Second Place Radio Spot News: Kailey Foster

“What Does Drive-Up Voting Look Like During Utah's 2020 Primary?”


Second Place Rado Criminal Justice: Matthew LaPlante D. and Naomi Ward

“Undisciplined: Unlocking Nature”


Third Place General Feature: Kailey Foster

“Could Toilet Paper Bring Utah Communities Together?”


Third Place Business/Consumer: Eliza Hardy

“Beyond Plastic Bag Bans: Unintended Consequences, Other Forms Of Waste Reduction”


Third Place Radio Public Affairs/Talk Show: Tom Williams, Matilyn Mortensen, Emily Colby

“Utah Voters And Super Tuesday On Monday's Access Utah”


Third Place Radio COVID-19 Continuing Coverage: Matilyn Mortensen, Kat Webb, Shoshannah Buxbaum

What Is It Like To Recover From COVID-19 In The ICU? One Patient Shares Their Story

Some COVID Patients Just Aren’t Getting Better: A Look At Their Stories

Churches Close But Worship Doesn't Stop

Virtual Meetings Replace In-Person Celebration During Ramadan


Honorable Mention Continuing Coverage: Matilyn Mortensen and Eliza Hardy 

Vice Presidential Debate Coverage