Special Reports: 2009

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Award-Winning News

2009-2010 award-winning features and series

Seaway Valley & Hackett's: A Special Report, David Sommerstein
2010 National Edward R. Murrow Award, Investigative Reporting
Radio and Television Digital News Association

2010 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award, Investigative Reporting
Radio and Television Digital News Association

2009-10 First Place, Best News Special/Documentary
New York State Associated Press

2009-10 First Place, Best Enterprise Reporting
New York State Associated Press

A Year of Hard Choices, NCPR News Team
2010 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award, Continuing Coverage
Radio and Television Digital News Association
2010 Second Place, Continuing Coverage
Public Radio News Directors, Inc.
2009-10 First Place, Best News Series
New York State Associated Press

Cougars in the North Country?, Jonathan Brown
2009-10 First Place, Best Feature
New York State Associated Press

Hackett's: Under Water, David Sommerstein
2010 First Place, Enterprise/Investigative Reporting
Public Radio News Directors, Inc.

All Before Five 5-19-2009 Broadcast, Jonathan Brown
2009-10 First Place, Best Regularly-scheduled Local News Program
New York State Associated Press

Dede Scozzafava on the Heart & Soul of the GOP, Jonathan Brown
2010 Second Place, Interview
Public Radio News Directors, Inc.
2009-10 First Place, Best Interview
New York State Associated Press

Stories, Food, Life, Ellen Rocco, Editor
2010 First Place, Mid Atlantic Region
Tabasco Community Cookbook Award

Special Elections 2009, NCPR News Department
2009-10 First Place, Best Continuing News Coverage
New York State Associated Press

2008-2009 award-winning features and series

The Impact of War at Home, NCPR News Team
2009 National Edward R. Murrow Award, Continuing Coverage
2009 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award, Continuing Coverage
Radio and Television News Directors Association
First Place, Continuing Coverage
Public Radio News Directors Inc.
Special Mention, Best News Series
New York State Associated Press

Native American's in Baseball's Past and Present, David Sommerstein
2009 National Edward R. Murrow Award, Sports Reprting
2009 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award, Sports Reprting
Radio and Television News Directors Association
First Place, Best Sports Coverage
New York State Associated Press
First Place, Sports Reporting
Public Radio News Directors Inc.

NCPR.org, Dale Hobson
2009 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award: Best Website
Radio and Television News Directors Association

Migrant Workers on the Right Side of the Law, Part 1 | Part 2 | David Sommerstein and Brian Mann
First Place, Best News Series
New York State Associated Press

All Before Five, Jonathan Brown
Best regularly scheduled local news program, 11/13/08, 12/10/08 program,
New York State Associated Press

Food Bank Provides, David Sommerstein
Special Mention, Best Feature
New York State Associated Press

When Both Parents Go to War, Part 1 | Part 2 | David Sommerstein
Special Mention, Best News Series
New York State Associated Press

Stories, Food, Life, Ellen Rocco, editor
Gold Medal, Best Regional Non-fiction
Independent Publisher Regional Book Awards
First Place, Edited collection
Adirondack Literary Awards

memorial
Audio Slideshow:
A Civil War soldier lost at Antietam, returned to New York
The Civil War battle at Antietam was the single bloodiest day in US history, with more than 20,000 men killed or wounded. 300 New Yorkers are still unaccounted for from that battle. One of them was finally laid to rest yesterday at Saratoga National Cemetery. Brian Mann reports.
Shoreline erosion
Audio Slideshow:
Climate change changing the seasons for Native Alaskans
Arctic sea ice is melting faster than scientists had expected. Jon Rosales teaches at St. Lawrence University. He spent this past spring getting a first hand look at effects of climate change in northern Alaska. He spoke with Martha Foley.
bateau
Audio Slideshow:
The Seaway at 50: change challenges heritage of the Lost Villages
Nearly 20 buildings rescued from the "Lost Villages" were relocated to form the nucleus of Upper Canada Village. Management changes at the heritage park have resulted in charges that a treasured resource is being commercialized. Lucy Martin reports.
lost homes
Audio Slideshow:
Giddy up goose!
One of the North Country's more unique traditions takes place in a wildlife management area near Massena--an annual goose round-up and relocation. Jonathan Brown was there and he sent this audio postcard.
humane society
Audio Slideshow:
A Year of Hard Choices: Tough times at the animal shelter
To many of us our pets are part of the family. Now with the recession some families are having to split up. As a part of our series, A Year of Hard Choices, our intern Sarah Minor looked into the effects of the recession on the Potsdam Humane Society.
Salmon River dam
Audio Slideshow:
On the Salmon River, a time of healing or an eco-disaster?
This summer, a private contractor ripped out a century-old dam on the Salmon River in northern Franklin County. As Brian Mann reports, many locals worry that the Salmon River could be permanently damaged.
Peter Paquin
Audio Slideshow:
Cranberries, a hidden bumper crop in Brasher
The signature crop of New England, cranberries, actually thrive in the flat lands of the St. Lawrence River valley, right near the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation. David Sommerstein visited the North Country’s only commercial cranberry bogs.
lost homes
Audio Slideshow:
Seaway at 50: The living revisit the ghosts of the Lost Villages
On July 1st, 1958, the waters of the St. Lawrence River began to rise up behind the Moses-Saunders power dam. Rising water swallowed nine Canadian villages, known today as the Lost Villages. 530 homes were moved or destroyed. 6500 people were forced to higher ground. David Sommerstein visits The Lost Villages Museum.
zen garden
Audio Slideshow:
A garden for solace and studies
St. Lawrence University unveils a new sacred space this weekend. The North Country Japanese Garden, designed and built by students and faculty, will serve as an outdoor classroom and a place for quiet reflection. Todd Moe reports.
tern habitat
Audio Slideshow:
Story 2.0: Stitching a security blanket for the threatened common tern
David Sommerstein returns to the Thousand Islands to see the latest in tern-saving technology, a wire grid that keeps tern chicks in and other aggressive birds out.