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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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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Arts & Life
4:03 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Fashion designer goes from Tuscaloosa to the "Big Apple"

House of Perna

You can never been too rich or too thin, right?

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Alabama, Inc.
7:10 am
Thu February 7, 2013

The Man behind "The Summit"

Alabama, Inc.
9:27 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Food trucks on the menu in Birmingham

Customers line up to eat at the Spoonfed Grill, a mobile food truck operating in the Birmingham area
APR/CPT & R

Beginning Sunday, the Alabama Public Radio newsroom will help premiere a new television program about business. It’s called “Alabama, Inc.” and it will air Sundays at 4 pm and 4:30pm on WVUA-TV. This week on APR, you’ll hear two stories from that opening program. Subject number one is food trucks in the Birmingham area by Alabama Inc. host Gigi Douban. Tacos and Vietnamese sandwiches and gourmet popsicles. Depending on where you are in Alabama, you don't necessarily have to go to a restaurant to find these things. They're on the street in food trucks.

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1:52 pm
Sun January 27, 2013

Best Hard News Feature--Copper Top Shooting

Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson, Sheriff Ted Sexton, and Mayor Walt Maddox update the press during the manhunt for the Copper Top bar shooter
APR

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9:06 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Best Soft Feature-- Alabama BCS Victory

Alabama head coach Nick Saban and LSU coach Les Miles before kickoff of the 2012 BCS college football championship
APR

The University of Alabama football team won 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. APR’s Pat Duggins reports on how both teams won slots in the BCS game, with Alabama winning with a 21-0 shutdown.

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8:41 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Feature Reporting-- Remembering 1992

Alabama football player David Palmer during the 1993 Sugar Bowl against Miami to decide the football championship
APR

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8:37 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Feature Reporting--BAMA Champs Fighting for Brielle

Former Alabama football coach Gene Stallings meet fans at the fundraising event "BAMA Champs Fighting for Brielle"
APR

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8:20 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Feature Reporting-- The Littlest Victims of Isaac

Volunteers from the group "Share The Beach" rescue loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings from drowning in their beachside nests before the arrival of Hurricane Isaac along the Alabama Gulf coast.
APR

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8:17 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Feature Reporting-- Holy Smoke!

"Holy Smoke" packs the cremated remains of hunters into bullets and shotgun shells for their families to use.
APR

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3:36 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Most Outstanding News Operation--Alabama Public Radio

Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson, and Mayor Walt Maddox, brief the press during the manhunt for whoever wounded 17 people at the Copper Top bar near the campus of the University of Alabama
APR

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3:22 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Public Service in Journalism-- Winds of Change

Tuscaloosa residents hold a candlelight vigil to remember those lost in the April 27th, 2011 tornado
APR

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3:05 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Best Writing-- Remembering 1992

Alabama football player David Palmer during the 1993 Sugar Bowl against Miami to decide the football championship
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3:00 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Best Writing-- The Littlest Victims of Isaac

Volunteers from the group "Share The Beach" rescue loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings from drowning in their beachside nests before the arrival of Hurricane Isaac along the Alabama Gulf coast.
APR

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2:54 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Best News Feature-- Alabama HIV Prisoners

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