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Texas Public Radio Wins 8 Lone Star Awards


Texas Public Radio news reporters won 8 Lone Star Awards Saturday night, in a statewide journalism contest sponsored by the Houston Press Club.

“It’s great to see so many of our news staff recognized for their excellent work,” said TPR News Director Shelley Kofler.

Two reporters took first place honors:  David Martin Davies for his hard news feature, Lessons Learned from a Night in the Bexar County Jail.” Davies spent a night in the jail to observe the circumstances that may lead to inmate suicide, and the law enforcement efforts to prevent it.

Nathan Cone won a first place award for an Internet news feature, “At the Center of Terri Hendrix’s Ambitious Project 5.” Cone’s multi-media online print feature about the singer was supplemented by audio and video selections.

Here’s a list of all the TPR Lone Star Winners

Radio Hard News Feature First Place: David Martin Davies, Texas Public Radio - KSTX, “Lessons Learned from a Night in the Bexar County Jail; Anti-Suicide Effort Is a 24/7 Job” Judges' Comments: A great story. It places the listener behind bars, and lets the listener in on the main character’s fears. The descriptions of the jail were also super. Nice job!

Internet News Feature Story First Place: Nathan Cone, Texas Public Radio - KSTX, “At the Center of Terri Hendrix’s Ambitious ‘Project 5’: Songs of Resilience, Hope, and Strength” JudgesComments: This feature article on singer Terri Hendrix and guitarist Lloyd Maines has a perfect blend of written story, video clips, and an audio interview.

Radio Soft News Feature- Second Place: Aaron Schrank, Texas Public Radio - KSTX, “Santa Muerte, Skeletal Folk Saint of Death, Gains Followers in San Antonio”

Radio Talk Show - Second Place: David Martin Davies, Kim Johnson, Jan Ross Piedad, Texas Public Radio - KSTX, “The Source: Why Are Preterm Births More Common in Bexar County?”

Internet Collaborative News Reporting Second Place: Tricia Schwennesen, Texas Public Radio - KSTX, “Preparing for Zika in Texas”

Journalist of the Year:  Third Place: David Martin Davies, Texas Public Radio - KSTX, “David Martin Davies”

Radio Public Affairs - Third Place: Joey Palacios, Alexis Yancey, Shelley Kofler, Texas Public Radio - KSTX, “Fronteras: Border Citizens Protest Trump's Election While His Supporters Cheer”

Radio Use of Sound- Third Place: Jack Morgan, Texas Public Radio - KSTX, “Refugees Find Refuge in Music"

Shelley Kofler is Texas Public Radio’s news director. She joined the San Antonio station in December 2014 and leads a growing staff that produces two weekly programs; a daily talk show, news features, reports and online content. Prior to TPR, Shelley served as the managing editor and news director at KERA in Dallas-Fort Worth, and the Austin bureau chief and legislative reporter for North Texas ABC affiliate WFAA-TV.