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WVPB Newsroom Has 11 Finalists In 8 Categories Of The 2023 Virginias AP Broadcasters Awards 

West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s News Department has secured 11 nominations in eight categories in the 2023 Virginias Associated Press Broadcasters annual awards competition. This competition includes the best radio and television stations in both West Virginia and Virginia. 

The awards include stories from programs Us & Them and Inside Appalachia

Us & Them is produced by Trey Kay for WVPB, and Inside Appalachia is our 20 plus year old news magazine show that looks at the culture, history and future of the Appalachian region. Part of that show is the Folkways Project which encourages amateur reporters to go into their communities and report on what they see. Two of those stories were finalists in the Best Light Feature category. 

The daily newsroom secured five finalist nominations in Best Continuing News, Best MMJ/One-Person Band Reporter, Best QA (One-on-One) Interview, Best Specialty Reporting, and Excellence in Public Service Through Journalism. 

“These awards recognize the hard work and innovation the news team and the shows like Inside Appalachia put into covering our region,” said Eric Douglas, WVPB news director. “But it is just the tip of the iceberg in the thousands of stories we publish each year to help tell West Virginia’s story.”

There were 35 judges who evaluated 619 entries from 38 news organizations in Virginia and West Virginia. The finalists are listed in random order. The actual order of finish —  first and second places — will be announced at the VAPB Awards Luncheon on Saturday, March 23, 12-3 p.m., at The Greenbrier Resort.  

Best Continuing News:

Best MMJ/One-Person Band Reporter: 

Best QA (One-on-One) Interview:

Best Specialty Reporting:

  • Ben Paviour, VPM News, Richmond, VA, “Politics/Criminal Justice”;

  • Emily Rice, WVPB-FM, Charleston, WV, “Unwinding Medicaid.”

Excellence in Public Service Through Journalism: 

Best Podcast-Audio:

Best Light Feature:

Best Mountain State Heritage: