North Country Public Radio's news team has been honored by the Radio and Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) with two 2010 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. The station took top honors for continuing coverage and investigative reporting in the small market category for New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The series "A Year of Hard Choices" won first place in the continuing coverage category, and David Sommerstein's "Seaway Valley & Hackett's: A Special Report" was honored for best investigative reporting. Both entries are now in consideration for national Edward R. Murrow awards.
NCPR organized its coverage of the regional impact of the national economic recession around the title "A Year of Hard Choices." The news department began with a week of intensive reporting in March of 2009 and ended December 28 with a follow-up story on an out-of-work couple profiled in the opening week. The series, spread over the calendar year, included interviews, audio diaries, hard and soft news features, a blog and photo essays.
Sommerstein's investigative report told the story of a homegrown venture gone sour. He traced how two North Country retailers, Hackett's and Wise Buys, came together in a shifting delta of dreams, deals and debt. Sommerstein spent several months pursuing sources, reading financial filings, researching complex debt instruments, and consulting with regional and national experts in the financial sector.
Audio from both winning entries can be heard on the station's website, ncpr.org.
Posted: April 22, 2010