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WNIN avian flu coverage honored by SPJ


The community and WNIN's listeners and supporters were honored once again last Friday.  

WNIN's coverage of last year's Dubois County avian flu outbreak received first and third place awards from the IndyPro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists at ceremonies in Indianapolis.

The third place award was in the radio documentary category. The first place award was for our continuing coverage of the potentially devastating event.

WNIN's Samantha Horton was our lead reporter for that coverage, telling the story for WNIN, Indiana public stations and NPR in the early days of the outbreak.

Samantha traveled to Dubois County the first weekend of the outbreak as a winter storm approached. Her updates were carried on NPR. Eventually, nearly a half million turkeys and chickens would be destroyed to stop the spread of the H7 N8 virus. Some 500 local, state and federal workers worked for over a month to contain the outbreak.

Steve Burger and John Gibson added coverage over our month-long reporting. Steve and Samantha hosted a live broadcast of "The Trend" from the incident command post in Jasper. Their in-depth interviews told the entire story of this critically important event that occurred in the WNIN service area.

We want to thank the community for the support that makes this kind of important, relevant journalism possible for your community-licensed public media organization.

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