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IPR reporters bring home 4 national journalism awards

Images from IPR's award-winning stories in 2022. (Composite: Kacie Brown/IPR)
Kacie Brown
Images from IPR's award-winning stories in 2022. (Composite: Kacie Brown/IPR)

Interlochen Public Radio received four national awards from the Public Media Journalists Association over the weekend.

The awards celebrate the best in public radio journalism nationwide. IPR competes in Division B, which is comprised of stations with 4 to 7 full-time news staff members.

You can read or listen to the winning stories:

1st Place, Collaborative Effort - Kids in Crisis
Michael Livingston and the Traverse City Record-Eagle's Elizabeth Brewer co-reported this special three-part series. "Kids in Crisis" explored northern Michigan's lack of resources for juvenile offenders and young people who need inpatient mental health care.

1st Place, Short Documentary - Points North, "The Trail Less Traveled"
Reporter Patrick Shea takes us to the North Country Trail, a 4,800-mile stretch from North Dakota to Vermont. We hear a Minnesota man's story of perseverance, and are there when he crosses the finish line.

1st Place, Use of Sound - Points North, "Thin as a Rail"
"Points North" host Dan Wanschura goes looking for rails, elusive birds whose populations are declining. Scientists have an interesting new way of attracting the birds to habitat, using sound.

2nd Place, Series - Points North, [Un]Natural Selection
[Un]Natural Selection was a special season of "Points North," examining our role as part of the ecosystem and the ethical line between mending our natural world and meddling with it.

Congratulations as well to our colleagues at WDET, Michigan Radio and WMUK for their honors as well. See the complete list of nationwide winners.