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
5:42 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Civil Rights Radio Part 3-- "They told the teachers...'we're gone!' "

Birmingham News/Birmingham Bar Foundation

Birmingham area disc jockey Shelley the Playboy may have signaled the start of the children’s march in 1963, but he didn’t organize it. The credit goes to a lieutenant of Dr. Martin Luther King, the reverend James Bevel. One of the teenagers he inspired was James Stewart… “He wore one of the blue jeans suits, and had badges from everybody, and pins all over, and he was baldheaded and wore this skull cap,” Stewart remembered, “And he’s the one who was the kids’ ‘pied piper,’ he talked to us about getting involved.

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Arts & Life
5:47 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Civil Rights Radio Part 2-- "We were taught what was right, what was wrong, and what was 'white."

Birmingham News/Birmingham Bar Foundation

“Let me know at the start of this conversation that I have never been a civil rights activist of any kind,” says former Birmingham radio disc jockey Shelley Stewart. “I want to make that perfectly clear.” The teenagers who took part in the 1963 children’s march see it differently They say they relied on signals and code words from Stewart’s radio show to know when the protest would begin. And even Shelley admits he knew firsthand what school kids, both black and white, could do in the race of racism. When he wasn’t on the air, Shelley the playboy played records at dance parties.

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Arts & Life
5:58 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Civil Rights Radio Part 1-- "Well, the first thing I tell them was I went to jail..."

Birmingham News/Birmingham Bar Foundation

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Arts & Life
4:13 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Disagreement over 1963 church bombing remembrance

hmdb.org

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Relatives of four black girls killed when Ku Klux Klan members bombed an Alabama church are split over how to mark the crime 50 years later. Sisters of two victims said Friday they favor a proposed congressional medal honoring the girls and aren't interested in financial compensation. Their opinions differ from those of the bombing's lone survivor and the brother of another victim. They told The Associated Press earlier this week they want money and call the medal an unneeded token.

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Arts & Life
4:00 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

NWS confirms EF-2 tornado in east Alabama

Arts & Life
6:53 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Remembering Mal Moore

U of A

Friends, family, and fans of the Alabama Crimson Tide gathered in Tuscaloosa to remember Mal Moore. The former Alabama football player, assistant coach, and athletic director died just ten days after resigning his post at UA. A celebration of life was held at Coleman Coliseum, next to the athletics facility named in Moore's honor. Alabama Public Radio was there. APR's Pat Duggins and Stan Ingold put together this sound portrait.

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Arts & Life
1:56 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

University of Alabama hires Bill Battle as Athletics Director

University of Alabama Athletics Director Bill Battle
U of A

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Arts & Life
3:10 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore steps down

University of Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore
University of Alabama

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Award Entries
12:31 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Best News Reporter--Pat Duggins

Alabama Public Radio's Pat Duggins
APR

Alabama Public Radio News Director Pat Duggins reported on stories in 2012 ranging from the twin EF-2 tornadoes that struck near downtown Mobile in Christmas night. This entry also includes his report from the Mercedes Benz Superdome following the Alabama Crimson Tide's 21-0 victory over the LSU Tigers for the BCS college football championship. Finally, Duggins reports from Washington, D.C. on a congressional hearing on the growing problem of HIV infection in the South, where activists from Alabama where scheduled to testify.

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Award Entries
12:25 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Best Hard News Feature--HIV Prisoners

Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez
APR

Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez reports on the on-going legal fight over treatment of Alabama prisoners who test positive for the virus that causes AIDS. This story involved tracking down former inmate Alfred Knox, who was diagnosed with HIV while in prison in Alabama. He now resides in Illinois, and whose case is the heart of the legal fight on whether infected prisoners can legally be segregated from the general population.

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3:50 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Best Sports Reporter--Pat Duggins

Alabama head coach Nick Saban and his rival at LSU Les Miles
APR

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4:46 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Best Coverage of a Spot News Story--Alabama BCS Victory

The University of Alabama's "Million Dollar Band" performs prior to the start of the 2012 BCS College Football Championship in New Orleans
APR

Alabama Public Radio's Pat Duggins reports on the University of Alabama football team's victory during the 2012 BCS college football championship in New Orleans, by defeating the only team that beat the Crimson Tide during the regular season. The Louisiana State University left Tide fans demoralized by forcing Alabama into overtime before a hometown crowd in Tuscaloosa, and then winning by a field goal. Duggins reports on how both teams won slots in the BCS game, with Alabama winning with a 21-0 shutdown.

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Award Entries
4:39 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Extraordinary Coverage of a Scheduled Event--Alabama BCS Championship

Alabama Head Football Coach Nick Saban and his LSU rival Les Miles
APR

Alabama Public Radio's Pat Duggins reports on the University of Alabama football team's victory during the 2012 BCS college football championship in New Orleans, by defeating the only team that beat the Crimson Tide during the regular season. The Louisiana State University left Tide fans demoralized by forcing Alabama into overtime before a hometown crowd in Tuscaloosa, and then winning by a field goal. Duggins reports on how both teams won slots in the BCS game, with Alabama winning with a 21-0 shutdown.

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Award Entries
4:14 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Best Regularly Scheduled Newscast

Alabama Public Radio Newscaster Maggie Martin
APR

Alabama Public Radio newscast anchor Maggie Martin delivered the local news during Morning Edition on Monday, November 26, 2012. The stories that day included the internet shopping event known as Cyber Monday, and the preparations by the Alabama Crimson Tide football team to face the Georgia Bulldogs for the SEC Championship in Atlanta.

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