MPB News wins five first-place awards from the Associated Press
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The Mississippi Public Broadcasting News team received five first-place awards from the Louisiana/Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters and Media Editors during an award ceremony in April. “Outstanding radio reporting that makes a difference for the audience,” wrote one of the annual contest judges.

The first-place awards recognized MPB News reporters Desare Frazier and Mark Rigsby, “Southern Remedy” producers Kathryn Rodenmeyer and Dr. Rick deShazo, “Mississippi Edition,” an MPB News public affairs radio show, and an award for Best Breaking News for coverage of Hurricane Nate.

MPB News won three second-place awards for Best Newscast, Best Radio Reporter and Best Long Feature.

MPB Director of News Teresa Collier is among the latest inductees into the Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters Hall of Fame. She and three other inductees were recognized at the Louisiana-Mississippi AP Broadcasters and Media Editors awards banquet April 7 at the World War II Museum in New Orleans.

Best Series of Stories 
First Place:
Mississippi Public Broadcasting, “Mississippi's Opioid Crisis
Reporters: Desare Frazier, Mark Rigsby

Best Public Affairs 
First Place: Mississippi Public Broadcasting, “Mississippi Edition

Best Breaking News 
First Place: Mississippi Public Broadcasting, “Hurricane Nate Barrels Toward Mississippi Gulf Coast

Achievement-Radio
First Place:
Mississippi Public Broadcasting,State of Obesity
Reporters: Desare Frazier, Mark Rigsby

Achievement-Television
First Place:
Mississippi Public Broadcasting, “Southern Remedy: The Paradox of Pot” and “Growing up Well
Producers: Kathryn Rodenmeyer, Dr. Rick deShazo


Second-place awards:

Best Long Feature:
Second Place:
Mississippi Public Broadcasting, "Controversial Union Election at Nissan-Canton Plant Underway
Reporter: Desare Frazier

Best Radio Reporter
Second Place:
Mississippi Public Broadcasting, Desare Frazier

Best Newscast: 
Second Place
: Mississippi Public Broadcasting