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St. Louis Public Radio wins 2022 Missouri Broadcasters Association Awards

St. Louis Public Radio received two first place awards and two certificates of merit at the 2022 Missouri Broadcasters Association Awards. Around 900 entries are submitted each year from member stations throughout Missouri.

“We pour ourselves into our journalism to serve our communities, not to win awards, but we’re honored to have our work recognized by the Missouri Broadcasters Association,” said Brian Heffernan, interim executive editor of the STLPR newsroom.

Vivian Gibson, the author of “The Last Children of Mill Creek,” stands in for a portrait on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, at her home in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. Mill Creek Valley was 454 acres in the heart of downtown St. Louis that comprised the nation's largest urban-renewal project beginning in 1959. The predominately Black neighborhood was designated as “blighted” by city officials was torn down to make way for new developments.
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Vivian Gibson, the author of “The Last Children of Mill Creek,” spoke with STLPR about her Mill Creek Valley home in an award-winning story on reparations.

First Place, Documentary/Public Affairs

General assignment reporter Chad Davis won First Place Documentary/Public Affairs for a story on what an attempt at reparations might entail.

“This was a story my editor and I had been talking about for months and I'm pleased that the story was recognized,” Davis said.

“I’m glad I was able to talk with politicians, scholars and average people about what reparations would look like and how it can eliminate the racial wealth gap,” he said. “I hope it enlightened people and showed what still needs to be done to help achieve racial equity.”

St. Louis Housing Covenants
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Julia Allen, co-founder of the non-profit “4TheVille,” sits in the home she lives with her cousin Sheila Steed, both 71-years-old, on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, in The Ville neighborhood. Allen recently found out there is a covenant in her cousin’s housing deed that restricts who can purchase the home based on race.

First Place, Convergent Media

For reporting that mixes traditional print with digital and social platforms, St. Louis Public Radio received First Place, Convergent Media, for coverage on the city’s remaining racial covenants.

“Our reporting on the nearly 100,000 properties in St. Louis city and county that still have racial covenants in their deeds illuminated systemic forces that have segregated and shaped inequity in our region for generations,” Heffernan said.

“Last month, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed into law a change that will help eliminate racially restrictive covenants on deeds. I give the pioneering work of researcher Colin Gordon, reporter Corinne Ruff, editor Maria Altman and others who contributed to this project a lot of credit for making that change happen,” he said.

The Hopgood children.
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The Hopgood children were featured in an article on Black families homeschooling that received a Certificate of Merit.

Certificate of Merit, Documentary/Public Affairs

Newscaster Marissanne Lewis-Thompson received a Certificate of Merit for her coverage of the growing number of Black families homeschooling.

“I’ve wanted to tell a story about Black homeschoolers for quite some time, and finally the stars aligned, Lewis-Thompson said. “Fortunately, this is only the beginning. There is much more to come from me soon on this topic.”

Kate Grumke interacts with Ibrahim Šekić, 5
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Education reporter Kate Grumke interacts with Ibrahim Šekić, 5, on Monday, April 25, 2022, at the St Louis Islamic Center in south St. Louis County.

Certificate of Merit, Local Website

And for the second time in two years, St. Louis Public Radio received recognition for Best Local Website. A Certificate of Merit award was given based on the content, user experience and design of stlpr.org.

“Radio is in our name and we’ve been doing it longer, but we’re just as serious about St. Louis Public Radio being a regional leader in digital news,” Heffernan said. “I’m glad to have stlpr.org honored for all the dedication and hard work our talented newsroom and digital teams put into it.”

See more of Chad and Marissanne’s work and read all of the winning entries on racial covenants.

STLPR’s 2022 MBA Awards at a glance

First Place:

Certificates of Merit:

As the Communications Specialist for St. Louis Public Radio, Fontella gets to showcase the award-winning local reporting, original programming and community engagement that make STLPR a beloved regional institution.

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