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WLRN News Wins 19 Sunshine State Awards From Florida Chapter Of Society Of Professional Journalists

A zoom screen from a Monroe County Commission meeting shows a public commenter using the handle Shady Lady.
WLRN's Unmute Yourself story was among the reporting that was recognized at the annual Sunshine State Awards

WLRN News received 19 awards at the 2021 Florida Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists' Sunshine State Awards. 

The Sunshine State Awards recognize quality journalism in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands for the calendar year of 2020. Out-of-state journalists judge all entries.

During a virtual ceremony on Aug. 7, WLRN was recognized in two special categories: Christine DiMattei was a finalist for Anchor of the Year and Terence Shepherd was a finalist for Editor of the Year.

WLRN News was also awarded prizes in the following categories:

First place

COVID-19 – All Media - Feature Reporting 1st Place: WLRN – Staff, Unmute Yourself: Public Comment Pushing Through The Pandemic

Best Radio Newscast 1st Place: WLRN – Christine DiMattei, Christine DiMattei for WLRN News

General Coverage - Radio 1st Place: WLRN News – Staff, Reckoning With Racism

Public Affairs - Radio 1st Place: WLRN – Luis Hernandez, Chris Remington & Leslie Ovalle, Sundial

Best Use of Sound - Radio 1st Place: WLRN – Staff, Unmute Yourself: Public Comment Pushing Through The Pandemic

Education Reporting - Radio 1st Place: WLRN – Jessica Bakeman, Reopening School Collection

Multimedia Feature - Digital 1st Place: WLRN with Southerly and Climate Central – Jenny Staletovich & Ayurella Horn-Muller, Racing The Sea: Miami Beach’s Housing Crisis Worsened By Climate Change

Blog Writing - Digital 1st Place: WLRN – Nancy Klingener, Lance Dixon & Katie Lepri, The Tieline

Second Place

General Coverage - Radio 2nd Place: WLRN – Staff, Public Meetings During A Pandemic

Investigative Reporting - Radio 2nd Place: WLRN News – Daniel Rivero, How The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office Has Used A Shadowy Charity Fund In Criminal Cases

Government & Politics Reporting - Radio 2nd Place: WLRN News – Daniel Rivero, How The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office Has Used A Shadowy Charity Fund In Criminal Cases

Environmental Reporting - Radio 2nd Place: WLRN – Jenny Staletovich, As Seas Rise, a Florida Keys ‘Ghost Forest’ Makes A Last Stand

Arts Reporting - Radio 2nd Place: WLRN – Nancy Klingener, Forgotten Johnny Mercer Songs Rediscovered In Key West

News Web Site - Digital 2nd Place: WLRN – Lance Dixon, Katie Lepri, Mihail Halatchev & WLRN Staff, wlrn.org

Third Place

Investigative Reporting - Radio 3rd Place: WLRN – Tim Padgett, Is Colombia Interfering In The U.S. Election In Florida – With Tactics It Exported To Florida?

Serious Feature Reporting - Radio 3rd Place: WLRN – Caitie Switalski Muñoz, COVID-19 In Jails: One Broward Inmate’s Experience With The Virus

Continuing Coverage or Series - Radio 3rd Place: WLRN in partnership with The World, a co-production of PRX & WGBH – Daniel Rivero, First Time Voter Learns Hard Lessons

You can check out the complete list of winners here.