WBHM Receives Six Alabama AP Awards

The Associated Press announced today that Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM/WSGN 91.5 FM has won a total of six Alabama Associated Press awards, the most of any radio station in the state.

WBHM won the award for Best Web Journalism for its website www.wbhm.org. Contributors included WBHM News Director Tanya Ott and team members Andrew Yeager, Bradley George, Michael Krall, Larry Owen and Dan Carsen, who also reports for the Southern Education Desk.

WBHM also won awards for:

In addition, The Alabama Broadcasters Association awarded WBHM the 2012 Best in Broadcasting Judges Award of Merit for the "April 27th Tornadoes" and the Medical Association of the State of Alabama awarded Dan Carsen the 2012 Douglas L. Cannon Broadcast Journalism Award for his story "Poor Neighborhoods, Polluted Schools." Carsen also took Second Place in the Education Writer's Association national awards for "Poor Neighborhoods, Polluted Schools," and a Special Citation for his national story on police pepper-spraying students in Birmingham City Schools.

The Associated Press awards, given for work broadcast between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2011, were presented at a lunch March 24 in Birmingham.

"WBHM is committed to delivering thoughtful and thought-provoking regional news and analysis that can truly make a difference in people’s lives," said Kristi Lamont Ellis, the station's general manager. "We appreciate the recognition our team's work has received, and the support we receive from the community, which is what makes strong journalism possible."

About WBHM

Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM, a listener-supported service of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is “Your NPR News Station” and home to the Alabama Radio Reading Service, a resource for the blind and print-impaired. WBHM programming and award-winning regional journalism also can be heard in North Central Alabama on WSGN 91.5 FM through a partnership with Gadsden State Community College. Listen online at WBHM.org and follow the station at WBHM903 on Twitter and Facebook.