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VPM News Wins Seven AP Awards for 2019 Reporting

VPM News team pictured at state capitol
Members of the VPM News 2020 General Assembly reporting team, photographed before the pandemic.  Pictured: Whittney Evans, Megan Pauly (second row, l. to r.) Yasmine Jumaa, news director Craig Carper, (top row, l. to r.) Ben Paviour, Roberto Roldan.

VPM News team received seven awards for excellence in reporting in the 2019 Virginias Associated Press Broadcaster Awards. The awards were presented virtually on May 2, 2020.

“These awards recognize the hard work and commitment of our VPM News staff members in a wide range of categories," said Bill Miller, Vice President of News and Music at VPM. "We are honored to have received seven recognitions in our first year in this competition. We will continue to strive to bring thoughtful news coverage to our audience on the issues that matter most to our region.”  

Full list of awards and coverage: 

Best Continuing News, Second Place: Whittney Evans and Yasmine Jumaa, "Evictions Cause Alarm at Richmond Public Housing Communities"

Best Sports Feature, First Place: Ian Stewart, "In Central Virginia, Groups Tackle Swimming Disparities That Stem From Segregation" 

Best Sports Feature, Second Place: Yasmine Jumaa, "After School Program Pushes Richmond Youth to Conquer Their Fears Through Skateboarding" 

Best Investigative Reporting, Second Place: Ben Paviour and Roberto Roldan, "VCU President's Pro-Coliseum Op-Ed Ghostwritten by Developer"

Best Team News Coverage, First Place: "Making New Histories: Rumors of War Sculpture Unveiled in Richmond"

Best Old Dominion Heritage, First Place: Ben Paviour, Peter Solomon and Yasmine Jumaa, "Virginia's Country Music Roots"

Douglas Southall Freeman Award, First Place"Where We Live: Affordable Housing, Evictions and the History of Housing Policy"