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NPR Wins Five NABJ Excellence Awards

NPR News has won five National Association of Black Journalists 2011 Salute to Excellence National Media Awards for best radio program, commentaries, feature reporting and interactive news.

The news was announced Saturday at the NABJ Convention in Philadelphia. The awards recognize journalism that best addresses and covers the African and/or African-American experience.

Winners include the news-talk show Tell Me More and host Michel Martin’s weekly commentary series, “Can I Just Tell You”; a multimedia piece tracking Haiti’s recovery from the devastating earthquake; and feature reports on singer Donny Hathaway and Civil Rights activist Dorothy Height.

The NPR.org feature “A Year of Challenges: Haiti After the Quake,” received first place for interactive news. The multimedia effort, led by Supervising Senior Producer for Multimedia Keith Jenkins, and the Digital Media staff, presented a collection of NPR news stories on the country’s struggle to recover from the earthquake of 2010.

NPR National Desk reporter Allison Keyes won two awards: for best radio feature and best long form radio news story. Reported as part of NPR Music’s “50 Great Voices” series, Keyes’ story “Donny Hathaway: Neglected Heart of Soul” explored the singer’s solo work as the foundation of the soul genre, and his lasting influence on later musicians. Her second award was for “Remembering Civil Rights Activist Dorothy Height,” a long form piece on the civil rights leader’s life.

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