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MPB's 2015 Mississippi Associated Press Award winners
Tara Wren

The Mississippi Associated Press has recognized Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) for excellence in news coverage with a total of 16 awards.

MPB earned distinctions in a wide range of news categories, including nine first place winners. 

“I am delighted that our colleagues and peers have recognized our work as among the best,” said MPB News Director Teresa Collier. “I work with a remarkable team of skilled professionals who are committed to telling Mississippi stories each day in a fair, accurate and timely manner. We are truly grateful and humbled by these awards.” 

The "Southern Remedy" series, MPB’s flagship wellness program, also got in on the awards action. The television special "Living With HIV" earned third place honors for television public affairs reporting. This marks the first time that "Southern Remedy" has been recognized by the Associated Press.

“HIV is an epidemic in Mississippi,” said Kathryn Rodenmeyer, executive producer for "Southern Remedy" TV. “Dr. Rick deShazo and I appreciate the recognition from the Mississippi AP Broadcasters for this program that provides important information about the challenges of stopping the spread of HIV, while putting a face on those living with the condition.”

MPB’s collection from the 2015 Mississippi AP awards included nine first places, four second places, and three third place awards. 

First Place Awards:

Best Newscast - 7 a.m. Newscast, April 30, 2014 - MPB News Team

Achievement: April 28, 2014 Tornado - MPB Staff

Best Public Affairs Reporting: Mississippi Edition - Karen Brown, Ezra Wall

Best Radio Sound: "Clarksdale Blues Kids Win Big"Teresa Collier

Best Documentary/Series of Stories: April 28th Tornado Coverage - Paul Boger

Best General News Story: "Murdered Civil Rights Workers Remembered" - Jeffrey Hess

Best Radio Newscaster: Karen Brown 

Best Feature Story: "Clarksdale Blues Kids Win Big"Teresa Collier

Best WebsiteMPB News Team, Ashley Jefcoat


Second Place Awards:

Best Newscast4 p.m. Newscast, April 28, 2014 - MPB News Team

Best Feature Story: "Music is helping change the lives of those living with memory loss and dementia"  - Evelina Burnett 

Best Documentary and Series of stories: Tupelo Tornado - Sandra Knispel 

Best Television Documentary"1964:  Fight for a Right”  - Edie Greene, Taiwo Gaynor


Third Place Awards:

Best Public Affairs Reporting: "Mississippi Schools Sue State" - Jeffrey Hess 

Achievement: Mississippi Edition - Karen Brown, Ezra Wall

Best Television Public Affairs Reporting"Southern Remedy: Living With HIV" - Kathryn Rodenmeyer, Dr. Rick deShazo


Pictured above (clockwise from left): Teresa Collier, Kathryn Rodenmeyer, Ezra Wall, Taiwo Gaynor, Paul Boger, Karen Brown, Edie Greene. Not pictured: Sandra Knispel, Evelina Burnett, Jeffrey Hess, Ashley Jefcoat.