Every year, the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists hosts an awards banquet honoring the best in Minnesota television, newspaper, magazine, and also radio journalism. In 2018, I received a first place award in the planned feature category for “Arnellia’s: Our Own Apollo,” about the closing of Minnesota’s last black-owned music club. I received a second place award for best radio feature for my portrait of Hmong chef Yia Vang. I reported and produced both of these stories for KFAI’s MinneCulture series. KFAI producers were recognized with six awards in multiple categories. I am proud to work with these talented people.You can listen to all of the KFAI-produced award-winning stories here.
(Photo from left to right: Producer Xan Holston, Producer Sophie Nikitas, Editor Todd Melby, Producer Erianna Jiles; Me)