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KERA Takes Top Lone Star Honors

By KERA News Department

Dallas – The KERA News Department has been recognized with seven Lone Star Awards in a statewide competition sponsored by the Houston Press Club.

News Director and Reporter Shelley Kofler won first place for political/government reporting with three stories that included a segment, "GOP Claims Illegal Ballots." Judges commented that, "The spot feel of the GOP court story, the controversy over the bond issue and the personal family values story were all well-told. The key to broadcast writing is to make the important story interesting and the in teresting story important - she did that."

Kofler also won a first place award for best use of sound in her production of a feature report entitled, "World's Best Selling Fruitcake: A Holiday Tradition." The judges said, "When we first started listening to this piece, we wondered where she was going with it, but when she got to the fruitcake bakery, we were hooked -- and the use of the sound from start to finish made the story come alive. Great job."

Reporter Jerome Weeks and Videographer Ivey Suber also won first place for two Internet-based feature reports on the red glass and the canopy at the Winspear Opera House. Judges called the reports, "good features on a build ing that's sure to get lots of attention." They said, "(The) stories make construction sound interesting."

Other Lone Star Awards included:

Second place in public affairs reporting for a series of stories on single-member election districts entitled, "Sharing the Power." The stories were reported by Kofler, Bill Zeeble and Sam Baker.

Second place for, "Family Values: Elec tions '08," a series of reports produced by Kofler, Zeeble and BJ Austin. The stories profiled three families during the 2008 elections,

Third place for Kofler's hard news feature, "General Motors in Survival Mode."

Third place in the opinion category for Week's critique, "Art Review: Impressive Impressionists."

The Lone Star honors for the KERA news department follow five Texas Associated Press awards, and two national awards presented by the Public Radio News Directors Association earlier this year.