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KOSU, StateImpact earn more than two dozen awards from Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists

KOSU and StateImpact Oklahoma have won 29 awards from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists, Professional Chapter for stories that aired during 2020.

StateImpact Oklahoma education reporter Robby Korth

StateImpact Oklahoma reporter Robby Korth was given the "Carter Bradley First Amendment Award" for his work tracking the spread of the coronavirus in Oklahoma school districts during the 2020-21 school year.

"Korth took on a Herculean task last year that no one else attempted, including OSDH and SDE: cataloging and mapping all the schools that had to switch instruction methods due to COVID using publicly available information such as social media posts from the schools, crowdsourcing from listeners and school board meeting minutes," Tulsa World Education reporter and former OKSPJ President/current board member Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton said.

Korth was also awarded first place in the category of "Online: Interactive Graphic or Resource" for his database and accompanying map on that project.

Korth and former StateImpact Oklahoma criminal justice reporter Quinton Chandler took home second and third place, respectively, for the "Best of the Best: Best Broadcast Reporter" category.

It was a clean sweep in the 'Radio: General News' category, as Chandler took first place, while StateImpact's health reporter Catherine Sweeney took second and KOSU agriculture and rural issues reporter Seth Bodine took third.

It was also a clean sweep in the 'Radio: Feature' category, as KOSU executive director Rachel Hubbard took first place, while Korth took second and Oklahoma Engaged's Katelyn Howard took third.

KOSU Indigenous Affairs reporter Allison Herrera
KOSU Indigenous Affairs reporter Allison Herrera

The category of "Radio: Government and Criminal Justice Reporting" also delivered a clean sweep, as Chandler took first place and KOSU Indigenous Affairs reporter Allison Herrera took second. Herrera and Krehbiel-Burton took home third.

Another clean sweep was had in the "Radio: Special Program/ Interview/Talk Show" category, with Focus: Black Oklahoma taking first place, KOSU's Matthew Viriyapah taking second and StateImpact Editor Logan Layden and Sweeney taking third for their participation in an Oklahoma Engaged talk show.

The collaborative project Oklahoma Engaged swept the 'Radio: Election Reporting" category with Howard taking first and third place and KOSU's Kateleigh Mills and Korth taking second.

StateImpact editor Logan Layden talks with a Trump supporter during his visit to Tulsa in June 2020.
Jamie Glisson / Focus: Black Oklahoma
StateImpact editor Logan Layden talks with a Trump supporter during his visit to Tulsa in June 2020.

In the category of "Radio: Investigative and Enterprise Reporting," Herrera took first place and Chandler took second for a collaboration with Oklahoma Watch.

Chandler landed first place in the "Radio: Diversity Coverage" category, while Krehbiel-Burton was awarded second place for an Oklahoma Engaged story.

KOSU Morning Edition host Michael Cross took home first place in the "Radio: Best Newscast" category and Layden was awardedfirst place in the 'Radio: Spot News" category.

For his collaboration with Oklahoma Watch, Chandler also took home first place in the category of "Newspaper A: In-depth Enterprise and Investigative Reporting."

Viriyapah took home second place in the "Online: Multimedia/Podcast" category.

The combined staffs of KOSU, KGOU and StateImpact took home third place in both categories of "Online: Breaking News Coverage" and "Online: Election Reporting".

KOSU has won more than 120 awards from Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists, Professional Chapter since 2011.

Robby Korth joined KOSU as its news director in November 2022.
Quinton Chandler worked at StateImpact Oklahoma from January 2018 to August 2021, focusing on criminal justice reporting.
Rachel Hubbard serves as KOSU's executive director.
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.
Matthew Viriyapah is KOSU's production assistant and host of the music podcast Songwriters & Tour Riders.
Catherine Sweeney was StateImpact Oklahoma's health reporter from 2020 to 2023.
Kateleigh Mills is the Special Projects reporter for KOSU.
Logan Layden is a reporter and managing editor for StateImpact Oklahoma.
Michael Cross is the host of KOSU's Morning Edition.
Seth Bodine was KOSU's agriculture and rural issues reporter from June 2020 to February 2022.
Ryan LaCroix is the Director of Content and Audience Development for KOSU.
Katelyn discovered her love for radio as a student employee at KGOU, graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, and now working as a reporter and producer.
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