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Houston Public Media Wins Big At Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Awards

News 88.7 journalists won first place in the following categories: Continuing Coverage, Best Local Talk Show, Beat Reporting, and Serious Feature.

Houston Matters Senior Producer Michael Hagerty (left) and Houston Public Media’s Executive Producer For News Laurie Johnson (right) represented the station at the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters 2018 Awards, which were announced in Austin on April 27, 2019.

Houston Public Media News 88.7 had phenomenal success at the 2018 Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Awards, which were announced Saturday in Austin.

News 88.7 won first place in the four categories in which the news team competed.

Houston Matters won first place in the “Best Local Talk Show” category, in part because of the show’s outstanding coverage of the Santa Fe High School shooting.

The station won the award in the “Continuing Coverage” category for work done reporting on the Santa Fe High School shooting and it’s aftermath last year. HPM’s flagship daily public affairs show Houston Matters won first place in the “Best Local Talk Show” category, competing against other radio talk shows across Texas.

Houston Public Media Education Reporter Laura Isensee.

Education Reporter Laura Isensee won two first place awards. Isensee took the top prize in the state for “Specialty or Beat Reporting” for her coverage of education news in the Houston region and Texas. “It’s clear she has command of her beat,” the judges underscored.

Isensee also won first place in the “Serious Feature” category for her story about Alyssa Quiroz, a local student with a heart condition who experienced a medical emergency because of failures in the Houston Independent School District’s reorganized bus system. The judges said the strong and compelling sound elements in the story, including a 911 call and heartbreaking video of the student, “make this story stand out.”

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