The 2021 Page One Awards from the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists has recognized the work produced by local journalists throughout the tumultuous year prior. Stand-outs from the year’s awards include “Journalist of the Year” presented to Libor Jany with the Star Tribune for his coverage of the murder of George Floyd and First Place for “Hard News Report” presented to Nina Moini and Laura Yuen at Minnesota Public Radio for their coverage of violence interrupters in the Twin Cities.
KFAI is proud to be among those recognized for three awards in two radio categories. Listen to KFAI’s winners below.
Ryan Dawes won First Place in the “Feature” category for his story “Gig Loss Pandemic” about how artists responded to wide-spread venue closures due to crowd-size limits ordered by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz.
James Napoli won Second Place in the “Feature” category for his sound-rich, in-depth chronicle of Minnesota’s polka scene called “Stay Young, Go Dancing.”
Katie Thornton was recognized with a Second Place award In the “Special Project/In-depth” category for her documentary called “A Brief History of Women in Bars: A Minnesota Story in Three Rounds.” This doc marked the centennial of both the 18th and 19 amendments of the US Constitutional, sharing an interconnected history of both Temperance and Suffrage movements.
See the full list of winners here.
Support for MinneCulture on KFAI comes from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.