Please find enclosed Alabama Public Radio’s entry for the Edward R. Murrow Award for Radio Overall Excellence, titled “Alabama 2017.” The list of stories in our entry and a selection of web links are at the bottom. Our news content featured here was produced by the three member APR news team and two student reporters.
The year, just ended, included the campaign for Alabama junior U.S. Senate seat. Civil rights champion, and former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones faced twice-removed Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore. The campaign pitted Jones’ view of putting Alabama on the “right of history” against Moore’s “fire and brimstone” goal of taking his brand of evangelical Christianity to Washington, D.C. 2017 also marked the 45th anniversary of the Associated Press story that broke the Tuskegee syphilis experiment, where African America men with the disease went untreated while federal health official watched the progression of the illness. APR covered this story, along with how state lawmakers decriminalized midwifery, allowing midwives to aid pregnant women for the first time since the 1970’s. Alabama was among a handful of states that outlawed the practice, up to that time.
APR student reporter Katie Willem also produced a story on how Tuscaloosa would host its own sexual assault nursing program following the suicide of a University of Alabama student after being allegedly assaulted. APR intern Miranda Fulmore also reported on the University ranked number nine in the nation for “sugar babies,” where male and female students hooked up with “sugar daddies” or “sugar mamas” for money to help cover college costs.
The Alabama Crimson Tide lost the 2017 college football title to Clemson, and students and stargazers observed the first full solar eclipse visible from Alabama since 2009.
Alabama Public Radio Entry List:
Trump campaigns for Roy More
Joe Biden campaigns for Doug Jones
40th Anniversary of Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment
Anderson family gets a trial date over inmate death
Solar Eclipse from Kentucky
Sugar Babies at the University of Alabama
Voters protest for Obamacare meeting with Senator Shelby
Sexual assault nurse program begins in Tuscaloosa
Alabama loses college football title to Clemson
Made in Alabama
Midwives wait for state legalization
Birmingham cat show
UA student protest Trump’s travel ban
APR Rural Health Crisis series
The Hospital on Life Support
APR Newscast 2/10/2017