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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 19, 2010
CONTACT:  Bobbie Fisher, Chief Communications Officer, 757.889.9107, bobbie.fisher@whro.org

WHRV ANNOUNCER WINS JOHN T. HANNA AWARD
Sondra Woodward honored for morning drive time traffic reports

Norfolk VA: Sondra Woodward, producer and host of Morning Edition on WHRV 89.5FM, has been awarded the John T. Hanna Award in the category of Media Awareness by DriveSafeHR, a non-profit regional coalition whose goal is to increase the community's involvement and awareness of traffic safety issues. Woodward, a radio veteran, has hosted the NPR morning program since 2004.  She’s a former host of WFOS, when the frequency was owned by the Chesapeake Public School system.  She’s worked as a traffic reporter with Metro Traffic, reporter and talk-show host at WNIS, served as news director at WJQI and as news and promotions director at WNVZ.

In 2009, Sondra was recognized as “Best Voice in Hampton Roads” by Hampton Roads Magazine.

She produces traffic reports based on information from VDOT, from traffic cameras in her studio which she studies intently each morning, and by calls from a cadre of listeners she calls her “citizen reporters.”  Because of their help, she says, “I often get the traffic information before it comes down from VDOT.”

WHRO President Bert Schmidt says, “We’re very proud of the work Sondra does to help commuters navigate the highways of Hampton Roads.  We rely on her reports as well.”

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WHRV is a member of the WHRO family, a regional media company that promotes education, culture and citizenship to the citizens of Hampton Roads, Virginia through a variety of services.  Every day, thousands of viewers and listeners tune in to broadcast programming on WHRO’s four public television and seven public radio stations.  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.

In 1991, Concerned Citizens Advocating Traffic Safety instituted the JOHN T. HANNA AWARDS.  Named after Virginia’s “Father of Transportation Safety” these awards honor those who share Mr. Hanna’s tireless dedication and commitment to improving traffic safety on Virginia's highways.