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2023 KBA Impact Awards - Overall Excellence Entry - WKMS

2022 was a big news year for our region.

It was a year of rebuilding in the aftermath of the December 2021 tornados, and our news team had a dedicated tornado recovery beat. Sharing the stories of people impacted as well as sharing the needs that arose. Our piece on Spanish-language translators helped raise awareness and connect Spanish speakers to the response centers.

We also investigated infrastructure — with the water crisis in Marion, Kentucky. Women's healthcare access in rural parts of the state — in light of the overturning of Roe. The 25th anniversary of the Heath High School shooting. The midterm elections. Emancipation Saturday. The laying to rest of a Pearl Harbor sailor. And so much more.

On a lighter note, our piece on the endangered red wolf puppies born at Land Between the Lakes was aired nationally — and resulted in a coffee company in Rhode Island making a special blend to raise money for their care.

It's reporting — but it's also results. We're proud to make a difference in our communities every day and honored to be able to share their stories.

Links to the stories you'll hear in the above audio compilation are collected below in order of publication: