WHRO Public Media’s talented team of producers brought back seven awards this past weekend for their exceptional work in radio and television.

"Congratulations to everyone involved in these award-winning projects," said Bert Schmidt, President and Chief Executive Officer of WHRO. "I am extremely proud of our talented producers and editors. Our staff continues to deliver outstanding content for the community. We appreciate this recognition from our esteemed colleagues in our industry through these awards."

Below is a list of our 2019 winners:


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Program Feature Segment Curate 757: Norfolk Street Choir

About: The Norfolk Street Choir, founded in 2016 by Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus Master and Conductor, Robert Shoup, is for individuals who are or have been homeless. Several now live in transitional housing, and some juggle rehearsal times with work schedules. Each year the choir performs a free concert at Freemason Street Baptist Church in Norfolk.

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Kendrick Hopkins, producer

 Program/Special Wayne White: Monitor Boy

About: Wayne White, is multi-faceted phenomenon in the art world. He is an artist, art director, illustrator, puppeteer, and more. White designed sets and characters for the hit television show Pee-Wee's Playhouse, Shining Time Station, Beakman's World, Riders in the Sky, and Bill & Willis. As a fine-artist, White's most successful works have been word paintings. The paintings are thought provoking and witty, with a pointed finger at vanity and ego.


Virginia Association of Broadcaster’s Awards (VAB’s)

WHRO won five VAB awards in multiple categories.

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Barbara Hamm Lee, host of Another View

Outstanding News Series: Another View Roundtable

 Another View is a weekly call-in radio talk show that discusses today's topics from an African American perspective. Hosted by Barbra Hamm Lee and produced by Lisa Godley, the program airs every Friday at noon on 89.5 WHRV-FM.

Best Station Promotional Contest: Ollie the Owl Summer Reading

To promote an online contest, we developed a short animated video featuring WHRO’s Ollie the Owl. Ollie encouraged students to read books throughout the summer and enter our giveaway to win prizes.

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Wayla Chambo, host of Afternoon Classics

Outstanding Feature Reporting: Leonard Bernstein at 100

WHRO's Wayla Chambo interviewed Joann Falletta about Bernstein at 100! Virginia Arts Festival's celebration of Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday on April 13th and 14th.


Best Human Interest Series: This Week In Mal’s World

Local film critic and master storyteller Mal Vincent reflects on the decades he spent writing about films and entertainment and the celebrities he got to know along the way.

In his prominent southern drawl, he weaves fascinating tales and little-known facts about the entertainment world and the talented people who create it.


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Nancy Rogan, Director of Community Engagement

Best Public Service/Community Event: American Graduate – Getting to Work

American Graduate is a collaboration between WHRO and area businesses, educational institutions, and community service organizations to help students, parents, educators and counselors help young people, adults and veterans re-entering the workforce to find pathways to career success in high-demand jobs that do not require four-year degrees.