Texas Associated Press Broadcasters recognized KETR staff for outstanding work once again in this year’s radio awards. All totaled, KETR took home three first-place awards, four second-place honors and two honorable mentions in the Division B category, which includes all of Texas outside the four major metropolitan areas.
KETR News Director Mark Haslett took three first-place awards. Haslett’s report on the Marvin Nichols forum in Mount Pleasant won the Serious Feature category, his coverage of the tornado that damaged homes in Birthright finished first in the General Assignment category and his three stories on the development of Interstate 30 won the Special Series category.
Former All Things Considered Host and Reporter Daniel Starks picked up a second-place honor, while Haslett collected three second-place awards. Starks received recognition in the Special Series category for his features on taser use in public schools. Haslett took second in the Reporter category. He also placed the Continuing Coverage category for his reporting on the Northeast Gateway toll road proposal and in the Online/Special Content category for the Marvin Nichols forum story.
Blacklands Café host John Mark Dempsey received an honorable mention in one category, as did Haslett. Dempsey’s Blacklands Café episode featuring Cumby singer-songwriter Lou Ann Petty and her video for "A Soldier's Wife” took honorable mention in the Online/Special Content category. Haslett’s use of sound in the report on the Birthright tornado received honorable mention in the Use of Actuality-Production category.