Michigan Radio wins MAB awards for Hard News & Current Events, News Special, Station Excellence and more


The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) recently announced the winners of its annual Broadcast Excellence Awards.

Michigan Radio received awards in the following categories:

Hard News & Current Events Story – Michigan Radio received Best for The “long haulers” of COVID not only struggle with lingering symptoms, but they are also deeply in medical debt, an investigative story by Rachel Ishikawa. Michigan Radio also received a Merit Award for Inside the third wave: an overflowing hospital, by Kate Wells.

Cultural and Special Interest Programming – Michigan Radio’s In the USA program received the award for best The lasting legacy of Marvin Gaye’s masterpiece “What’s Going On”, 50 years latera reflection on the legendary musician’s lasting legacy. In the USA is Michigan Radio’s daily talk show hosted by April Baer.

Mini-Documentary or Series – Michigan Radio received a Merit Award for Michigan’s new auto insurance law: policyholders save money at the expense of those in need of long-term care, an article produced by Tracy Samilton warning of the outcome for those who lose medical coverage.

Special News or Public Affairs Program – Michigan Radio received the award for Best for Great Lakes at Risk, by Lester Graham. The special program examined the effects of invasive species, pollution and climate change and their threats to our environment.

Station Excellence – Best price. This award recognizes the station’s overall excellence in news, community engagement and reporting, including the creation of a new corporate unit to investigate and cover major issues in the state.

Other awards were received in the following categories: Community Involvement – Merit Award for Problems and Beer Talk Series; Marketing Materials and Promotions – Best and Merit Award, and Newsletter – Merit Award.

All entries for the 2021 Broadcast Excellence Awards aired between January 1 and December 31, 2021. Michigan Radio participates in Group 2 of the Public Radio Broadcast Excellence Award divisions, which is for stations with a budget over $2 million.


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