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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 serves as KOSU's executive director.
Michael Cross is the host of KOSU's Morning Edition.
Matthew Viriyapah is KOSU's production assistant and host of the music podcast Songwriters & Tour Riders.
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.
Lenora LaVictoire was a KOSU reporter and host from May to August 2019, following a five-month internship with StateImpact Oklahoma.
Emily Wendler was KOSU's education reporter from 2015 to 2019.
Kateleigh Mills was the Special Projects reporter for KOSU from 2019 to 2024.
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