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University of Iowa News Release

May 17, 2005

Photos: Julie Englander, left and Gayane Torosyan, right

WSUI Producers Win IBNA Awards

Two staff members from WSUI Public Radio AM910 received awards from the Iowa Broadcast News Association at the 2004 News Excellence Awards ceremony held May 7 at the Sheraton Hotel in Iowa City.

In the Public Affairs category for competition in Radio in the Large Market Coverage area, Julie Englander and Gayane Torosyan won first place for the feature "Matthew Shepard Scholarship Controversy." The story revolved around an Iowa City high school student who received the scholarship for her work combating discrimination against gay people and an anti-gay church group threatening to protest at her spring graduation ceremony.

In the In-Depth/Series category for competition in Radio in the Large Market coverage area, Englander won second place for the series on the "100th Anniversary of UI Health and Sport Studies." IBNA judges applauded the series by saying, "This outstanding retrospective on the history and development of an important academic department at the University of Iowa takes advantage of a large number of the program's participants as they gathered to commemorate an anniversary. Throughout the course of this four-part series, the listeners learn a great deal about the evolving role of women in sports and the discrimination they had to overcome in order to succeed." The series can be heard by going to WSUI's website at

WSUI Program Director Dennis Reese says, "Julie and Gayane's awards are especially gratifying and a vote of confidence for our effort to continue a strong commitment to local and regional news coverage."

IBNA is a nonprofit corporation of radio-TV news directors, reporters, producers, public relations professionals and others from Iowa and its adjacent states, working together to improve electronic media news for stations and the public.

WSUI Public Radio AM910 is a listener-supported service of the University of Iowa and an affiliate of National Public Radio.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,; Program: Nancy Hagen, Interim Director of Marketing, WSUI/KSUI Public Radio, 319-335-5730