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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2:35 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Best Use of Sound--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.
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2:35 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Best Use of Sound--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.
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2:32 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Best Use of Sound--Holy Smoke

"Holy Smoke" packs the cremated remains of hunters into bullets and shotgun shells for their families to use.
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2:27 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Best Use of Sound--Dining with Frank

Highlands Bar & Grill

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2:21 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Best Radio Spot News--Alabama BCS Victory

Alabama head coach Nick Saban and LSU coach Les Miles before kickoff of the 2012 BCS college football championship
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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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2:13 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Best Radio Feature--Alabama BCS Victory

Alabama head coach Nick Saban and LSU coach Les Miles before kickoff of the 2012 BCS college football championship
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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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2:01 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Best Soft Feature-- Remembering 1992

Alabama football player David Palmer during the 1993 Sugar Bowl against Miami to decide the football championship
Bear Bryant Museum

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1:49 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Best Soft Radio Feature-- Holy Smoke

"Holy Smoke" packs the cremated remains of hunters into bullets and shotgun shells for their families to use.
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1:32 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Best Soft Radio Feature-- 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.
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1:26 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Best Documentary-- Winds of Change

Tuscaloosa residents hold a candlelight vigil to remember those lost in the April 27th, 2011 tornado
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8:49 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Best Continuing Coverage--Alabama BCS Championship

Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban with Coach Les Miles of LSU prior to the kickoff of the BCS College Football Championship in New Orleans in 2012
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Science & Health
5:37 pm
Sat January 19, 2013

Auburn researcher names spider for U-2 singer Bono

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — It appeared Bono and arachnids didn't mix when his "Spider-Man" musical had a rough Broadway run, but that didn't keep a biologist from naming an actual spider species after the U2 singer. Jason Bond of Alabama's Auburn University has identified 33 new species of trapdoor spider, including three of them in the California desert at Joshua Tree National Park.

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Arts & Life
2:51 pm
Sat January 19, 2013

Fans of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrate with a parade

Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban and his wife Terry greet fans of the Crimson Tide during Saturday's parade to celebrate the 42-14 victory over Notre Dame to win the BCS title.

Fans of the Alabama Crimson Tide lined University Boulevard in Tuscaloosa for a parade to honor the team for its 42-14 victory over Notre Dame in the BCS national football championship. Members of the team walked along the parade route shaking hands with well-wishers and tossing out small souvenir footballs. One of the few players who rode included Jalston Fowler, who injured his knee during the Tide’s game against Western Kentucky in September. Saban was joined by his wife Terry, University of Alabama President Judy Bonner, and Athletic Director Mal Moore before the crowd.

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Politics & Government
7:00 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Remembering George Wallace...50 years later

University of Alabama

Today marks fifty years since the inauguration of Alabama Governor George Wallace. His speech featuring the phrase “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever,” is considered one of the pivotal moments of the civil rights movement in 1963. That year also saw the bombing at the 16th Street Baptist church in Birmingham and the “stand at the schoolhouse door” in Tuscaloosa. Alabama Public Radio’s Pat Duggins looks back at Wallace’s 1963 inaugural to produce this sound portrait. Observers note that Wallace had a change of heart later in his life and renounced racism.

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Arts & Life
7:54 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Alabama defeats Notre Dame to win BCS title

Alabama Coach Nick Saban, and players Eddy Lacy and C.J. Mosely talk with the press about the Tide's victory over Notre Dame in the BCS title game in Miami
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“Obviously, we wish the night could have ended in a different way” said Notre Dame star player Manti T’eo. “But, the season, the year, my career here, I’m been truly blessed by being at Notre Dame” “What the players accomplished, what the coaches accomplished, I think it’s really special,” said Alabama Coach Nick Saban. “I think when I’m sitting on the side of the hill watching the stream go by, I might even figure it out even more.” These are two very different perspectives of the same game in Miami.

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