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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Arts & Life
5:56 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Alabama, Inc.-- "Martha Stewart and Me..."

The APR newsroom continues collaborating on the television show about business called “Alabama, Inc.” I profile entrepreneurs from our state to see how they got from here to there. This week, you’ll meet Fred Spicer, the head of Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens. His path to Alabama started in his home state of New Jersey…

If I say New Jersey, what comes to mind?

Frank Sinatra from Hoboken?

Steve Buscemi in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire? The show is set in Atlantic City at the turn of the century. I admit it’s a little more obscure unless you have cable.

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Arts & Life
12:21 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Join a National Award Winning News Team!

The APR News Team and its latest student interns
APR

Join a national award-winning news team at the home of the Crimson Tide!

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Arts & Life
3:43 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Alabama, Inc.-- "You're the salt, I'm the pepper..."

A familiar name and voice will be heard tonight on Alabama, Inc. on your local Alabama Public Television station. Shelley Stewart is a well-known advertising executive in Birmingham. But, his story and that of Alabama’s fight for civil rights are all linked together.

“Anger is just one letter away from danger,” says Shelley Stewart.

Stewart is never at a loss for a clever turn of phrase. He built his ad firm o2ideas in Birmingham during the turbulent 1960’s and he did it with a white business partner.

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Politics & Government
2:25 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Election 2014-- The student vote

University of Minnesota

Election Day is Tuesday, and the candidates have spent a lot of time and money trying to win your vote. APR student reporter Elayne Smith reports on one group that’s learning how to flex its political muscle.

It’s lunch time at the Ferguson Student Center at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Many of these thirty six thousand young people are sweating their finals and wondering how the Crimson Tide football team will do against the L-S-U tigers this Saturday. But for others, these Tuscaloosa students equal votes…

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Arts & Life
9:38 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Bill may kill Daylight Savings Time, Chilly weekend WX

Newscast 8 am October 31, 2014

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Arts & Life
8:57 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Alabama, Inc.-- "Restoring a Civil Rights Icon"

Alabama Public radio is well into season two of the television business program called “Alabama, Inc.” I profile entrepreneurs who call our state home. Today, we’ll meet an architect whose projects range from a symbol of the civil rights movement to the home of the San Antonio Spurs. Jay Pigford is a fan of the Spurs and he makes no bones about it…

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Arts & Life
6:16 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Alabama, Inc.-- "Ever have a $10,000 idea?"

The Alabama Public Radio newsroom continues collaborating on the television show about business called “Alabama, Inc.” Would you pay ten thousand dollars for one good idea? I'll profile the President and C-E-O of Alabama Power and the challenge he put to young people in Birmingham.

“Well, gee Mark. Tell us what can we do to improve Birmingham.’”

That’s not your everyday question. But, Mark Crosswhite had a ten thousand dollar answer. He’s the C-E-O of Alabama power. His audience was the Birmingham youth group called Rotaract…

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Arts & Life
7:25 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Alabama, Inc.-- "The College Intern who runs Buffalo Rock"

APR

Alabama Public Radio continues its collaboration on the television business show called “Alabama, Inc.” A lot of college students work as interns for local businesses. But, how many interns do you know who go back to that very same business, and become the president and C-O-O? That’s the story I have for you today...

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Arts & Life
10:43 am
Fri October 3, 2014

While we're at it...Photos of Hibbett Sports memorabilia collection

During our interview with Hibbett Sports CEO Jeff Rosenthal, we visited the company's sports memorabilia collection. The highlights include footballs signed by Bobby Bowden and Gene Stallings, and baseballs signed by Hank Aaron, Whitey Ford, and Hoyt Wilhelm, as well as super model Kathy Ireland and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Arts & Life
7:21 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Alabama, Inc.-- "The FSU grad in an SEC world"

The Alabama Public Radio newsroom continues to collaborate on the television show about business called “Alabama, Inc.” The second season of the program is airing statewide on Alabama Public Television.

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Arts & Life
6:53 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Alabama, Inc.-- "Meet the dreaded bed of nails!"

Alabama Public Radio continues its collaboration on the television show about business called “Alabama, Inc.” It airs Wednesday nights at 10 pm on your local Alabama Public Television station. How many times have you been a customer somewhere, and said to yourself “I can run this business better!” I sat down with the head of the McWane Science Center in Birmingham. She put that idea into action.

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Arts & Life
12:34 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Arrest following UA campus scare, and "we built Disney's Rockin' Rollercoaster!"

Newscast 7 am September 24, 2014

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Arts & Life
10:50 am
Mon September 22, 2014

"Freedom of the press" court case, and Alabama ranks high among the disabled

Newscast 7 am September 22, 2014

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