The Alabama Public Radio news team traveled to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. last week to collect a national Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society for Professional Journalists. APR News Director Pat Duggins and reporters Maggie Martin, Ryan Vasquez, and Stan Ingold earned the honor for the Best Breaking News Coverage during the April 2011 tornadoes. It is an honor well deserved!
In Tuscaloosa this morning we awoke to horrible news. You've probably all heard by now that there was a shooting here that left 17 people injured. Of course, we were all asking ourselves a lot of questions. Your APR News team was busy asking those questions of other people.
At the recent Alabama Associated Press Awards banquet, Alabama Public Radio's news department racked up four awards! Maggie Martin's story "The Battle for Fort Gaines" won for the Best Use of Sound. Pat Duggins won three awards: "Tornado Recovery" won for the Best Specialized Reporter, "Kiss that Fish!" won for Best Soft Feature and the 5 part series "Oil and Water" won for Best Public Affiars / Documentary.
Morning Edition host Maggie Martin is up week days before 5AM in order to be live on the air with APR listeners. Well, live may be stretching it a bit at that time of the day... but she's up anyway. Maggie is a graduate of Fordham University, having grown up in Rochester, NY. She loves her job at APR - even dealing with the early hours. Just don't ask her any questions after 2PM, she tends not to make much sense after that time of day. After all, she's been up a long time by then. But hosting ME isn't all Maggie does.