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KUT News story wins Barbara Jordan Media Award

AUSTIN, Texas — March 17, 2014 — A KUT News story about a legally blind man preparing to run the Boston marathon has won the radio category in the 31st Annual Barbara Jordan Media Award sponsored by the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities.

Reported by KUT News Editor Matt Largey, the story explores Austinite William Greer's preparation for his seventh marathon. The story was updated on April 15 to report on Greer's status after a pair of explosions five minutes after he crossed the finish line.

Legally Blind Austin Man to Run Boston Marathon is available online.

Winners were chosen by a panel of judges, including journalists, professionals in the field of disabilities and people with disabilities. The winners will be honored at the Barbara Jordan Media Awards Ceremony luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, March 20, at Apogee Stadium on the University of North Texas campus in Denton.

Other winners of this year’s Barbara Jordan Media Awards are:

TV Feature
Fran-Tastic by Adam Winkler, KEYE-TV, Austin

High School Student
Uncharted Waters by Nikki Lyssy, Westlake High School

Finding His Voice by Ralph Barrera, Austin American-Statesman

Special Contribution
An Interview with Dr. Temple Grandin: 10th Annual Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival by Coalition of Texans with Disabilities and Golden Arm Productions, Austin

College Student
MS: Painfully Invisible by Chelsea Henderson, Lamar University, Beaumont

TV Feature - Extended
Roxy’s Recipes by Bob Phillips, Dan Stricklin and Mike Snyder, Texas Country Reporter, Dallas

Scruggs Finds Sister of Strength by Sarah Mervosh, Dallas Morning News

Visions Made Real by Tina Phan, Omar Gallaga, and Ralph Barrera, Austin American-Statesman


Contacts: Lucy Nashed, Governor's Press Office; or Erin Geisler, KUT