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WKMS News Student Reporters Win Multiple Impact Broadcasting Awards

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WKMS Student Reporters led the pack of award winners for the IBA college competition, sponsored by the Kentucky Broadcasters Association.

Students Hannah Bullard and Dalton York received a total of four first place awards and many second and third place awards. WKMS Students won awards in every category they entered, a total of 40% of the College IBA awards presented, more than any other University represented.

We operate a professional newsroom at WKMS and our students always strive to exceed our standards, said Chad Lampe, Station Manager. "We are so incredibly proud of Dalton and Hannah for the excellent work and the much deserved statewide recognition," Lampe said. WKMS' Students took home the most first place awards in the College Category.

Hannah Bullard of Hopkinsville recently graduated from Murray State University with a major in Journalism. She joined the WKMS Newsroom in 2019. Hannah’s first place awards include: Best Digital Journalist and Best News Story for "Recycling Scrap Metals Could Play Fundamental Role in Maintaining State Health Care Capacity." Hannah also won second place in News Story for "Liquor Stores Remaining Open are "Essential" in Kentucky's Efforts to Flatten the COVID-19 Curve," in Public Affairs for "Recycling Scrap Metals Could Play Fundamental Role in Maintaining State Health Care Capacity," and in Feature Story for "Representation Characters: Black Actresses Portraying Traditionally White Princesses."

Dalton York of Benton is a rising senior History major who joined the WKMS Newsroom in 2019 and has recently served as WKMS local ATC host. Dalton's first place awards include: Best Radio Reporter and Best Feature Story for "The Beast of LBL: Local Folklore a Source of Pain Among Between the Rivers Natives." He also received a third place award in public Affairs for "Kentucky Constitutional Amendment Seeks to Extend Judiciary Terms, Experience Requirements."

A full list of all Impact Broadcasting Awards can be found here.