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North Country Public Radio Reporter/Producer David Sommerstein was presented the 25th Annual Cap Creal Journalism Award by the New York State Agricultural Society in a ceremony in Syracuse, New York this month. The New York State Agricultural Society was organized in 1932 and exists to promote and improve the agricultural industry through education, leadership development and recognition programs.
This is the second year in a row Sommerstein is being honored by the NYS Agricultural Society. He is being recognized for two stories that emphasize new approaches to North Country agriculture. The reports focus on farmers who are looking at alternatives to dairy farming as a means of keeping their businesses viable in the region. Both reports can be heard on NCPRs website at www.ncpr.org.
I think it is really important to portray the diversity and subtleties of life on the farm in the North Country, says Sommerstein. It helps neighbors better understand what farmers do, the challenges they face, and the innovation and creativity they are using to redefine their livelihoods in a fast changing industry.
We are particularly pleased about this acknowledgment from the New York State Agricultural Society because agriculture continues to be one of the leading segments of our North Country economy and culture, says Station Manager Ellen Rocco. Certainly, Davids careful attention to these issues justifies his receiving this extraordinary recognition.
Sommerstein joined the NCPR staff in 2000, and has since received more than a dozen awards for his journalistic achievements including a regional Edward R. Murrow award, first place awards from the New York State Associated Press, Public Radio News Directors Inc., Native American Journalists Association, and the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.