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MSPR students and staff win Associated Press Awards

Students and staff from Morehead State Public Radio, 90.3 FM, WMKY, took home a total of 15 awards from the Kentucky Press Association Broadcasters (KAPB) competition.  

The KAPB college competition is designed to recognize Kentucky student broadcasters for outstanding performance in college broadcast journalism. The contest is open to any college in Kentucky. Entries must have been broadcast in calendar year 2019. Students who won awards were:  
  • Licia Henneberg of Morehead, first place for Best Feature Story.  
  • Ty Martin from Morehead, first place for Best Sports Coverage.   
  • Nacogdoches Miller from Morehead, first place for Best radio reporter, first place for Best Newscast, second place for Best Sports Coverage and third place Best News Story.  
  • Sha'Maurie Moseley from Uniontown, Pennsylvania, third place for Best Sports Coverage.  
  • Logan Pemberton from Paintsville, third place for Best Public Affairs Story.  
  • Kennealy Roberts from Morehead, second place for Best News Story and second place for Best Radio Reporter.  
  • Kenzie Thompson from Vanceburg, first place for Best Newscast.   

An MSU student journalist was awarded an Associated Press scholarship. Makayla Holder, a convergent media student from Centralia, Illinois, received the 2020 Tom Peterson Memorial Scholarship. Established by Peterson's family to honor his life and work, the scholarship provides $1,000 to a deserving Kentucky college student pursuing a career in communications or journalism. Holder is a staff writer for MSU's student newspaper, The Trail Blazer.   

Winners in the professional category were:  
  • WMKY News Director Leeann Akers, first place for Best Long Newscast, third place for Best Long Public Affairs Story and third place for Best Sports Reporting.  
  • Tanner Boyd from Morehead, first place for Best Sports Reporting and third place for Best Short Newscast.  
  • Chas Jenkins from Morehead, first place for Best Long Newscast.  

"Our student reporters are learning the journalism craft in a professional newsroom environment, which is an experience no other school in Kentucky is offering," said Akers, news director at WMKY. "WMKY works hard to provide the region with quality news and entertainment program that is locally relevant and a reflection of the communities we serve. The AP Awards are a yearly celebration of that work and a testament to the ethics we are teaching our student reporters."    

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