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BPR wins three public media awards for economic impact, investigative and collaborative reporting

a collage of three photos with the PMJA logo over it: two men standing in front of a brick wall in Canton, a shot of a patient cot in an abortion clinic, and a closeup of a paint bucket labeled "Special Sauce"
Photos by Lilly Knoepp and Eze Amos; illustration by Brittain Peck; graphic by Stephanie Rogers/BPR

BPR is thrilled to announce that it has received three Public Media Journalists Association (PMJA) awards for 2024. The awards, announced in conjunction with the organization’s annual conference being held in Washington, DC, are for work completed during 2023.

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BPR’s reporting won the following awards.

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“This year, we had over 1,450 entries from 144 different organizations in our awards contest,” said PMJA Executive Director Christine Paige Diers. “We’re proud to be able to recognize the great journalism across the country through this contest.”

The announcement comes on the heels of BPR's recent Murrow award win for the Ramada Inn conversion series.

About PMJA 

The Public Media Journalists Association is a professional association for public media journalists in the United States. Membership includes over 130 local public radio newsrooms across the country. PMJA programs provide professional development, career support and networking opportunities to the over 1,800 journalists working at its member stations.

Stephanie Rogers is the Communications and Engagement Manager for BPR's Audience team.
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