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St. Louis Public Radio wins 12 Society of Professional Journalists Awards

St. Louis Public Radio received 12 recognitions at the 2022 Diamond Journalism Awards sponsored by the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The awards recognize the very best in professional journalism in print, radio, television, newsletters, art/graphics, online news and research.

“We are overwhelmed with gratitude to have been recognized so many times with the Diamond Journalism Awards for the amazing journalism STLPR has produced over the past year,” said Brian Heffernan, Interim Executive Editor and Digital/Special Projects Editor at STLPR.
“Eight category wins and four finalist awards speak to our editorial team’s commitment to serving our community with strong journalism.”


STLPR has received multiple awards for its consistent coverage of issues affecting the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Medicaid Extension

Two Ongoing Coverage Diamond Awards, one for Print/Online and one for Radio/Audio & TV/Video, were presented to the STLPR Political Correspondent Jason Rosenbaum for his continuation Reporting on the Medicaid expansion in Missouri.

“I’ve covered the push to expand Medicaid in Missouri for literally my entire 16-year journalism career,” Rosenbaum said. “To be able to tell the stories of some Medicaid recipients who have fought all the way to the Supreme Court was humiliating. It is even more humbling that this print and radio work is being recognized.”


The Diamond Award for Pandemic Reporting went to STLPR’s health reporter Sarah Fentem for her all year Reporting on COVID.

“Our COVID coverage was a complete team effort and I’m so proud of how the newsroom responsibly told stories from all angles,” said Fentem.

“From public health recommendations, to litigation, to the economic and social impact of the pandemic on various groups of people. I don’t know if I could have found the motivation to keep going if my talented colleagues hadn’t inspired me to work hard!”

The arts

Culture and art reporter Jeremy D Goodwin received a Diamond Award for it Coverage of the St. Louis art scene.

“The judges sort of singled out my play The St. Louis Shakespeare Festival’s Afrofuturist production of “King Lear‘ said Goodwin. “That story led to a broader story for NPR Racism in the world of Shakespearean performance. What makes these stories possible is the compelling work of our regional arts organizations. It is a privilege to engage with their work and help tell their stories.”


Four St. Louis Public Radio reporters were recognized for compelling stories about the St. Louis metropolitan area.

One room schoolhouse

In the Features – Radio/Audio category, news anchor Marissanne Lewis-Thompson received a Diamond Award for reporting on Missouri’s oldest one-room African-American schoolhouse.

“I enjoyed this story,” said Lewis-Thompson. “I need to hop in my time machine and see a raw piece of history that still stands after all this time.

“The conversation with Ms. Doris Frazier was a big highlight for me. I remember closing my eyes as she described it to me on the phone what it was like to teach her students in a one-room schoolhouse. She painted such a vivid picture of where things were, how she was teaching multiple classes at once, and how it compared to her own school experience,” said Lewis-Thompson. “She lives and breathes history. I am so glad that this story has been recognized.”

Sports and Photojournalism

photojournalist Brian Munoz received two Diamond Awards from the SPJ. His coverage of the St. Louis High School Band regional competition received the Photo Spread/Essay Diamond Award.

“That marching band story was the very first story he pitched,” said STLPR interim editor Heffernan. “Since joining the editorial board last year, Brian has made a tremendous contribution to the quality of visual journalism at St. Louis Public Radio.”

In the Sports/Radio/Audio & TV/Video category, Munoz received a Diamond Award for its coverage of the St. Louis/Metro East Chorizo ​​Bowl football tournament.

Munoz said: “Being able to share stories – like those surrounding the decades-old Chorizo ​​Bowl – helps us connect with our neighbors and makes our region so much stronger. Growing up, I heard about the Chorizo ​​Bowl a lot and was thrilled that I finally had the opportunity to delve into the history of the event. A big thank you to the jury for recognizing this work.”


reporter Chad Davis received a Diamond Award in Explanatory Reporting – Radio/Audio for his contribution on Ending the racial wealth gap in St.Louis. The story also received a First Place Documentary/Public Affairs Award from the Missouri Broadcasters Association.

“I am honored that this article has been recognized,” Davis said. “It was something my editor and I had been talking about ever since St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones and mayors across the country announced their recovery initiatives.

“I think this was an important story to cover as talk of reparations has increased, particularly in recent years. I really hope the story enlightened people and provided valuable context on a very important issue,” he said.

St. Louis Public Radio received four other finalist awards.

Explanatory Reporting – Radio/Audio Black St. Louisans use therapy, nature and family to recover from police violence through Marissanne Lewis Thompson

Properties – Radio/Audio Rolla’s annual congress for vacuum cleaner enthusiasts through Jonathan Ahl

Investigation Reports – Radio/Audio & TV/Video for ongoing reporting Homeless services in St. Louis through Shahla Farzan

Features – Online only Missouri inmates sew quilts for foster children through Shahla Farzan

About St Louis Public Radio

Public Radio St. Louis (STLPR) is a non-profit media organization that delivers accuracy and understanding. His team of local reporters and producers pushes the boundaries of storytelling, bringing context and humanity to the issues and ideas affecting life in the Rolla, Quincy metropolitan area and rural areas of Missouri and Illinois. STLPR reflects the voices of the community and participates in critical conversations that bring people together. With award-winning local news coverage, original podcasts, jazz and classical music channels, as well as national and international news from NPR and the BBC, STLPR is a listener-based service of the University of Missouri-St. Ludwig.

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