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Television and Radio Documentaries Receive Top Awards

Norfolk: WHRO was honored on June 25, 2010 by the Virginia Association of Broadcasters at its 73rd Annual Summer Conference, held in Virginia Beach.

WHRO TV received the award for Best Documentary for A New Beginning, the fourth installment of its series, Civil War in Hampton Roads, produced by Cynthia Pardy.

WHRV 89.5FM received the award for Best Station Promotion for What It Takes to Give, fundraising spots produced by Sondra Woodward.

WHRV 89.5FM won the award for Best Documentary or Public Affairs Program for the Infant Mortality edition of HearSay with Cathy Lewis, produced by Tayla Burney and Danny Epperson, and hosted by Cathy Lewis.

WHRV 89.5FM was honored in the Best Human Interest Series category for its local segments from the visit of the NPR StoryCorps van.  The series was produced by Sondra Woodward and Heather Mazzoni.

WHRV 89.5FM was honored in the Best Public Service/Community Event category for Defenestration, an online local music and art gallery, created by Dave Voightritter.

“These awards illustrate not just the variety of the work being done by our radio and television producers,” said Bert Schmidt, WHRO President and Chief Executive Officer, “but also the wide diversity of talent of our staff.”

WHRO is a public service media company that promotes education, culture and citizenship to the citizens of Hampton Roads, Virginia through a variety of telecommunications services.  Thousands of viewers and listeners tune in to broadcast programming on WHRO's four public television and seven public radio stations every day.  Since its founding in 1961 to support education, WHRO has employed creativity and technology to serve its mission to enrich audiences through content that educates, entertains and promotes understanding. Owned by 18 local school divisions, WHRO delivers educational and new media services to 286,000 students and 25,000 educators per month as well.