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KOSU, StateImpact Earn 13 Awards From Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists


KOSU and StateImpact Oklahoma have won 13 awards from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists, Professional Chapter for stories that aired during 2019.

It was a clean sweep in the 'General News' category, as former StateImpact Oklahoma health reporter Jackie Fortiér took first and second place, and former KOSU student reporter Lenora LaVictoire took third place.

It was another clean sweep in the 'Investigative and Enterprise Reporting' category, with StateImpact criminal justice reporter Quinton Chandler earning first place, while former KOSU education reporter Emily Wendler nabbed second place and Fortiér won third place. 

KOSU Morning Edition host Michael Cross won first place for 'Best Newscast.'
KOSU intern Matthew Viriyapah won first place in the 'Interview / Talk Show / Special Program' category.

Former StateImpact Oklahoma managing editor Joe Wertz took home first place in the 'Feature' category

Chandler also earned second place in the 'Government and Criminal Justice Reporting' category, while LaVictoire grabbed third place.

KOSU reporter Kateleigh Mills took second place in the 'Election Reporting' category.

KOSU executive director Rachel Hubbard won second place in the 'Live Broadcast' category.

KOSU has won more than 100 awards from Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists, Professional Chapter since 2011.

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Rachel Hubbard is a 20-year news veteran and serves as KOSU's executive director.
Michael Cross has been with KOSU since 2008, working as the state capitol bureau chief for seven years, as well as KOSU's student coordinator. While he still keeps up with the capitol and does some reporting, his roles have changed. As of October 2014, he's now the host of KOSU's Morning Edition.
Matthew Viriyapah is KOSU's production assistant and host of a music podcast.
Jackie Fortiér worked for StateImpact Oklahoma from November 2017 to January 2020, reporting on a variety of topics and heading up its health reporting initiative. She has many journalism awards to her name during her years of multi-media reporting in Colorado, and was part of a team recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists with a Sigma Delta Chi award for excellence in breaking news reporting in 2013.
Quinton Chandler worked at StateImpact Oklahoma from January 2018 to August 2021, focusing on criminal justice reporting.
Joe was a founding reporter for StateImpact Oklahoma (2011-2019) covering the intersection of economic policy, energy and environment, and the residents of the state. He previously served as Managing Editor of Urban Tulsa Weekly, as the Arts & Entertainment Editor at Oklahoma Gazette and worked as a Staff Writer for The Oklahoman. Joe was a weekly arts and entertainment correspondent for KGOU from 2007-2010. He grew up in Bartlesville, Okla. and studied journalism at the University of Central Oklahoma.
Following a five-month internship with StateImpact Oklahoma, Lenora LaVictoire joined KOSU as a reporter and host from May to August 2019. An Oklahoma City native, Lenora is a life-long listener to KOSU. Lenora became interested in journalism while studying political science at Oklahoma City Community College. After writing for and serving as the editor of the OCCC student newspaper, they were converted to journalism for life. They are currently studying multimedia journalism and broadcast production at Oklahoma City University. Lenora is also a contributor to Oklahoma Today magazine. In their free time Lenora is an avid gardener and musician.
In graduate school at the University of Montana, Emily Wendler focused on Environmental Science and Natural Resource reporting with an emphasis on agriculture. About halfway through her Master’s program a professor introduced her to radio and she fell in love. She has since reported for KBGA, the University of Montana’s college radio station and Montana’s PBS Newsbrief. She was a finalist in a national in-depth radio reporting competition for an investigatory piece she produced on campus rape. She also produced in-depth reports on wind energy and local food for Montana Public Radio. She is very excited to be working in Oklahoma City, and you can hear her work on all things from education to agriculture right here on KOSU.
Kateleigh Mills returned to KOSU in December 2019 as Special Projects Reporter, following a year-long stint at KWBU in Waco, Texas.