Pat Duggins

News Director

Pat Duggins is news director for Alabama Public Radio.  If his name or voice are familiar, it could be his twenty five years covering the U.S. space program on NPR.  Pat’s NASA experience began with the explosion of Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986, and includes 103 missions.  Many NPR listeners recall Pat’s commentary during Weekend Edition Saturday on February 1, 2003 when Shuttle Columbia broke apart and burned up during re-entry.  His expertise was utilized during three hours of live and unscripted coverage with NPR’s Scott Simon.  Pat later wrote two books about NASA, Final Countdown: NASA and the End of the Space Shuttle Program and Trailblazing Mars, both of which have been released as audio books.  Pat has also lectured about the future of the space program at Harvard, and writes about international space efforts for "Modern Weekly" magazine in Shanghai, China.

Duggins experience goes beyond NASA.  He led the APR news team through the tornadoes of 2011.  Along with dawn to dusk rescue and recovery updates, the news crew also provided national and international coverage for the BBC in London, MSNBC, CBC in Canada, and Australia Broadcasting in Sydney and Melbourne.  Duggins’ efforts, and that of the APR news team, were twice recognized with National Sigma Delta Chi awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. The Radio Television Digital News Association also honored Pat and the team with a national Edward R. Murrow Award for overall excellence. The Alabama Associated Press also recognized APR as the "Most Outstanding News Organization" in 2011 and 2012. And, Duggins' news series on the long-term impact of the Gulf oil spill won a national PRNDI award for best series from the Public Radio News Directors' Association, and a regional Murrow. 

Pat’s work isn’t limited to radio, with regular appearances on TV.  He also conducts interview/profile segments for "Alabama, Inc." a new University of Alabama TV series on business on airs statewide on Alabama Public Television. Pat also co-hosted “Your Vote Counts,” a program featuring college-age voters who critiqued the final debate between Robert Bentley and Ron Sparks in the 2011 race for Alabama Governor. 

Since his arrival at APR, Pat and the team have won more than forty awards for excellence in journalism, including a second national Sigma Delta Chi award and the national Gabriel award. Duggins is also the recipient of a Suncoast Regional Emmy.

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Award Entries
10:20 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Best Use of Sound-- "Wheelchair Rugby"

Audio Clip is at  the bottom of  the page

WHEELCHAIR RUGBY/PAT

MARCH 7, 2014

ALL WEEK LONG HERE ON ALABAMA PUBLIC RADIO, WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT ADAPTED ATHLETICS. THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA IS HOME TO WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL, TENNIS, AND GOLF AMONG OTHER SPORTS. HOWEVER, THIS IS THE AT THE COLLEGIATE LEVEL. DISABLED ATHLETES WILL SOON HEAD TO BIRMINGHAM TO GET READY FOR THE PARALYMPICS IN RIO DE JENEIRO IN 2016. ALABAMA PUBLIC RADIO’S PAT DUGGINS HAS MORE ON THE SPOT WHERE THEY’LL TRAIN, AND ONE UNIQUE SPORT THAT’S BEING FEATURED…

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Arts & Life
7:17 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Nation remembers Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Oprah Winfrey and cast members from the Oscar nominated film “Selma” marched in a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. It was one of many events around the nation ushering in Monday's federal holiday for the slain civil rights leader. Remembrances of the King legacy come amid somber reflection by many on incidents in which unarmed black men were killed by police in recent months. The incident spurred protests and heightened tensions in the U.S.

Award Entries
3:52 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

Best Website--Alabama Public Radio

The Alabama Public Radio news team aggressively uses our website and social media to widen the audience for its daily broadcast product. Using an NPR core publisher base, APR’s on-air anchors transcribe and post morning and evening newscasts along with audio links, then use Facebook and Twitter to alert our listeners and other interested parties. The day before each long-form feature airs on APR, our reporters write what we call a “web article” derived from the production script. These articles are posted early to promote the stories and drive listeners to the audio version on-air.

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Politics & Government
10:24 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

Speaker Hubbard: Charter Schools possible

Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard laid out details of his legislative agenda for the upcoming session. Hubbard says he will consider expanding charter schools and promised continued opposition to labor unions. The Speaker told his audience at a Republican men’s club in Huntsville that dual enrollment and charter schools are two possible solutions to a poorly performing public school system. He also accused the National Labor Relations Board of organizing labor unions in Alabama. Hubbard will serve his latest term as Speaker while defending himself on ethics charges.

Arts & Life
6:53 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Dog fighting ring hit with $2 million dollars in damages

Operators of an Alabama based dog fighting ring must now pay what's considered a record level of damages. U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins ordered participants in the high-stakes dog fighting operation to pay $2 million in restitution. Officials with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Humane Society of the United States said it was the largest restitution amount ever ordered by federal judge in a dog fighting case. The money will go to the two animal welfare organizations, which provided care for the 451 dogs seized in the case.

School Delays
6:00 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

School Delays in North Alabama

For more information contact your school's central office or check their website.

  

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Arts & Life
7:26 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Freezing cold is coming, death sentence halted

The National Weather Service is looking into damage from last weekend’s storms in Alabama. APR’s Alex AuBuchon reports, forecasters are also looking ahead to some brutally cold weather starting tonight…

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Arts & Life
8:38 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Bentley: No Property Tax Hike, University of Alabama goes Smokeless

No property tax hike. Governor Robert Bentley is making that promise as he prepares His first budget to include raising taxes. Speculation is that the Governor may want to cut tax exemptions and other tax breaks. Bentley isn't saying yet what will be in the package he unveils when the Legislature meets in March. But he says he doesn't like property taxes and neither does the Alabama public. The Legislature may have to raise upwards of seven hundred million dollars to cover its debts. Bentley begins his second term January nineteenth.

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Arts & Life
7:50 am
Sun January 4, 2015

Wet yesterday, and the cold is coming...

Alabama will trade yesterday's high winds and heavy rains for sub freezing temperatures this week. The South is cleaning up from rough weather, including a couple tornadoes, and storms that pelted parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee yesterday. The system downed trees and power lines, damaged homes, and prompted tornado warnings in parts of Alabama, including Tuscaloosa and Marion counties. At the height of the storm, Alabama Power reported close to seven thousand customers lost electricity.

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Arts & Life
6:55 am
Sat January 3, 2015

Selma residents can see "Selma" for free

Citizens of Selma can see the controversial new movie "Selma" for free. Paramount Pictures announced that the movie will be show free to Selma citizens starting this Friday at the Walton Theater in west Alabama city. The film is disappointing supporters of President Lyndon B. Johnson, including the director of the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin. Mark Updegrove says the film incorrectly portrays Johnson as an obstructionist to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Arts & Life
6:43 am
Sat January 3, 2015

A Soggy Saturday...

Tuscaloosa

.SATURDAY...WARMER. CHANCE OF RAIN SHOWERS IN THE MORNING...THEN RAIN SHOWERS AND CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGHS IN THE UPPER 60S. CHANCE OF RAIN NEAR 100 PERCENT. .

SATURDAY NIGHT...RAIN SHOWERS AND CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE EVENING...THEN CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOWS IN THE LOWER 50S. CHANCE OF RAIN NEAR 100 PERCENT. 

Selma

.SATURDAY...WARMER. CHANCE OF RAIN SHOWERS IN THE MORNING...THEN RAIN SHOWERS LIKELY AND CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 70S. CHANCE OF RAIN 70 PERCENT. .

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Arts & Life
1:41 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Forecasters warn about violent weather

Forecasters say Saturday’s stormy weather outlook could turn violent over parts of south Alabama. There's a chance for damaging wind gusts and isolated tornadoes as severe storms form over south Alabama. The National Weather Service says the threat of severe weather will begin Saturday and continue into Saturday night ahead of an approaching cold front. One concern is that some flooding might also occur, particularly in urban areas and places with poor drainage. The weather service projects that up to 2 inches of rain is possible across south Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.

Arts & Life
6:51 am
Fri January 2, 2015

No Title shot for Alabama

For the first time since 2005, no SEC team will play in the national championship. Ohio State's Cardale Jones came through again at the Sugar Bowl in his second career start, leading the Buckeyes to a forty two to thirty five upset of top-ranked Alabama in the College Football Playoff semifinal Thursday night. Ohio State will play Oregon in the national championship game January 12th in Arlington, Texas. Head Coach Nick Saban says the Buckeyes keys to victory weren't obvious as the season unfolded and they should do well in the title game...

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Business & Education
1:27 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Publix to offer benefits to same sex couples

The Florida based Publix grocery store chain is offering employee insurance benefits to same-sex couples legally married in other states. The move impacts Alabama where Publix operates fifty eight stores. The Lakeland-based company told employees this week that beginning on New Year’s Day, Publix would expand coverage for its health, dental and vision benefit plans to associates married in any state where same-sex marriages are legal. Publix owns nearly two thousand grocery stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Arts & Life
7:07 am
Thu January 1, 2015

New Year's Holiday Weather Outlook

Huntsville—

TODAY...MOSTLY CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF RAIN IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGHS IN THE MID 40S. CHANCE OF RAIN 50 PERCENT.

TONIGHT...CLOUDY. RAIN IN THE EVENING...THEN A CHANCE OF RAIN AFTER MIDNIGHT. NEAR STEADY TEMPERATURE AROUND 40. CHANCE OF RAIN 90 PERCENT. .

FRIDAY...CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF RAIN IN THE MORNING...THEN RAIN. CHANCE OF RAIN 70 PERCENT.

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