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Story On Making Bus Riding More Accessible For Visually Impaired Riders Wins Barbara Jordan Award

Martin Kareithi uses a pilot app for blind and low-vision riders to navigate to a bus stop. This story, reported by Nadia Hamdan, won a Barbara Jordan Media Award for accurately and positively reporting on people with disabilities.

AUSTIN, Texas – March 28, 2019 – KUT 90.5’s story about a program that would improve the way blind people use the bus system won a Barbara Jordan Media Award in recognition of work that accurately and positively reports on individuals with disabilities, using People First language and respectful depictions. 

This is the third win for KUT and its daily news magazine Texas Standard.

Capital Metro tests new ways to help blind riders catch the bus,” reported by Nadia Hamdan, won in the radio category in the 36th annual Barbara Jordon Media Awards sponsored by the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities.

The story is about a Capital Metro pilot program that used a voiceover technology app to give people real-time transportation information while guiding them step-by-step to the nearest bus stop. The story aired June 25, 2018.

Winners were chosen by a panel of judges, including journalists, professionals in the field of disabilities and people with disabilities. See the complete list of winners.

The stories “State Pays Some Workers with Disabilities Pennies per Hour,” Legally Blind Austin Man to Run Boston Marathon with a Special Guest won in 2016 and 2014 respectively.

About KUT 90.5, Austin’s NPR station
KUT 90.5, Austin’s NPR station, delivers in-depth stories by and about people in Austin – for Austin – with the highest journalistic standards from a variety of thoughtful perspectives. A founding member of NPR, KUT News has won more than 250 state, national and international awards for journalistic excellence. KUT’s work is directly supported by a community of sustaining members and local businesses whose investments power the news and conversations that matter to Austin.


Media contact: Erin Geisler, KUT Public Radio, (512) 475-8071

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