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Utah Public Radio Receives 13 SPJ Awards, Former USU Journalism Professor Honored

The results for the Society of Professional Journalism 2020 Utah Headliners journalism contest are in and Utah Public Radio reporters, producers, hosts and volunteers took home 13 awards.

Additionally, Nancy Matlack Williams, a former Utah State University journalism professor, received the Clifford P. Cheney Service to Journalism Award. You can read more about Nancy here.

Here is a list of the SPJ awards UPR received and links to the associated content. 

First Place, Continuing Coverage- Carter Moore, Chris Polansky, and Dani Hayes Gohier; Coverage of the disappearance and murder of Lizzy Shelly

First Place, Radio Series- Bronson Teichert, “From Honduras To Utah: Coffee’s Journey To Your Cup”

First Place, Radio Documentary- Mary Heers, Kirsten Swanson, Rachel Ross, and Dani Hayes Gohier, “Ride the Rails”

First Place, Sports Reporting- Carter Moore, Kat Webb, Matthew LaPlante; “For the Love of Football: Why Do Public Institutions Still Play BYU In Football?”

First Place, Education, Ashley Rohde, “Driven To Succeed: Race Day Has Finally Arrived”

First Place, Personality Profile, Mary Heers, Kirsten Swanson, “Art For Everybody So Let's Jump Right In”

Second Place, Best Radio Reporter- Bronson Teichert 

Second Place, General Feature- Andrea Smardon, “Facing the End of Life”

Second Place, Business and Consumer, Leslie Forero, “Wondering Why Logan City No Longer Accepts #3 Through #7 Plastics? It's Too Contaminated”

Second Place, Education, JoLynne Lyon, “Transitioning To The Adult World For Persons With Disabilities”

Third Place, Public Affairs/Talk Show- Tom Williams and Emily Colby; “Disengaging From The News And Politics On Tuesday's Access Utah”

Third Place, Business and Consumer, Bronson Teichert, “Honduran Coffee Farmers Finding Solutions To Pay The Bills After The Harvest.”

Honorable Mention, Public Affairs/Talk Show- Matthew D. LaPlante and Alyssa Roberts; “UnDisciplined: The Tropical Ecologist And The Microbiologist”