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KOSU, StateImpact earn 18 awards from Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists


KOSU, StateImpact Oklahoma and Focus: Black Oklahoma picked up 18 awards from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists, Professional Chapter for stories that aired during 2021.

StateImpact Oklahoma reporter Robby Korth was named "Best Broadcast Reporter" for his work in 2021, covering issues like tense school board meetings and how K-12 schools continued to be affected by the coronavirus.

Kateleigh Mills
StateImpact Oklahoma education reporter Robby Korth

In the 'Radio: General News' category, former StateImpact reporter Quinton Chandler took first place, while Korth's collaboration with The Oklahoman's Nuria Martinez-Keel took second.

In the 'Radio: Feature' category, Korth took first place and former KOSU agriculture reporter Seth Bodine took second.

KOSU agriculture reporter Seth Bodine records the sounds of chickens for a story in early 2021.

It was a clean sweep in the category of "Radio: Investigative and Enterprise Reporting," as KOSU Indigenous Affairs reporter Allison Herrera took first place, while Bodine took second and StateImpact Oklahoma reporter Catherine Sweeney took third.

Herrera landed two more awards – first and second place – in the category of "Radio: Government and Criminal Justice Reporting."

KOSU Indigenous Affairs reporter Allison Herrera interviews Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. in 2021.

KOSU reporters took home two more awards in the "Radio: Diversity Coverage" category, as Herrera took first place and Bodine took second.

It was a clean sweep in the "Radio: Special Program/ Interview/Talk Show" category, with Focus: Black Oklahoma taking first place, KOSU's Matthew Viriyapah taking second and KOSU's Michael Cross and contributors Neva Hill and Ryan Kiesel taking third for their weekly podcast and radio segment This Week in Oklahoma Politics.

KOSU special projects reporter Kateleigh Mills (left) and KOSU intern Anna Pope (right) in 2021.

In the "Community Engagement" category, KOSU reporter Kateleigh Mills took first place for a vaccine information guide available in three languages — English, Spanish and Vietnamese. Mills and KOSU's Ryan LaCroix took second for their guide on where to get tested for COVID-19, which was launched during a late summer surge in 2021.

In the "Interactive Graphic or Resource" category, Korth, Sweeney and StateImpact editor Logan Layden took second place.

KOSU has won nearly 150 awards from Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists, Professional Chapter since 2011.

Robby Korth joined KOSU as its news director in November 2022.
Allison Herrera is a radio and print journalist who's worked for PRX's The World, Colorado Public Radio as the climate and environment editor and as a freelance reporter for High Country News’ Indigenous Affairs desk.
Kateleigh Mills is the Special Projects reporter for KOSU.
Matthew Viriyapah is KOSU's production assistant and host of the music podcast Songwriters & Tour Riders.
Ryan LaCroix is the Director of Content and Audience Development for KOSU.
Catherine Sweeney reports for StateImpact Oklahoma, focusing on health.
Logan Layden is a reporter and managing editor for StateImpact Oklahoma.
Michael Cross is the host of KOSU's Morning Edition.
For more than two decades, Neva Hill has been a political commentator for KOSU.
Ryan Kiesel is a civil rights attorney and political consultant.
Seth Bodine was KOSU's agriculture and rural issues reporter from June 2020 to February 2022.
Quinton Chandler worked at StateImpact Oklahoma from January 2018 to August 2021, focusing on criminal justice reporting.
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