The Native American Journalists Association has recognized two Wyoming Public Media (WPM) reporters for their news features. Wyoming Public Radio News won four awards in the annual National Native Media Awards competition.
Wyoming Public Radio swept the Best Radio News category as Tennessee Watson won first place for her story on the University of Wyoming's efforts to increase Native American Representation on campus.
Melodie Edwards placed 2nd in the same category for her story on how Wind River tribes are combatting violence against women, and she won a 3rd place award for her story called Father And Daughter Discuss Catholic Influence And Abuse On The Wind River Reservation. Edwards also placed 2nd in the Best Radio Feature category for her story called Matthew Shepard Is Part Of Our Tribe: The Two Spirit Movement On Wind River Reservation.
General Manager Christina Kuzmych praised the work Wyoming's Governor, the University of Wyoming, and Wyoming Public Media have done in addressing Native American issues.
Wyoming Public Media News Director Bob Beck said, "We have made covering Native American issues a priority, and I'm pleased that Tennessee and Melodie have been honored for their fine reporting."