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May 2, 2005
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Kansas Public Radio wins Associated Press Broadcaster awards


LAWRENCE -- Kansas Public Radio's tradition of journalistic excellence was on display again when KPR received five Associated Press Broadcaster awards in an annual statewide competition.

KPR Statehouse Bureau Chief Peter Hancock swept the entire "Spot News" category, winning both first and second place -- placing first for a story on vice presidential candidate John Edwards' campaign stop in Lawrence and placing second for a report on the debate over gay marriage in Kansas.

KPR Health Reporter Bryan Thompson won second place in the "Enterprise" category for his report "Arts and Alzheimer's Disease," which explained how music and dance help Alzheimer's patients in Kansas lead healthier, more enjoyable lives. KPR News Director J. Schafer and KPR News Producer Laura Lorson helped edit this story and others in the series "Kansas Health: A Prescription for Change."

In the "Best Newscast" category, Lorson received a second-place award and Schafer earned honorable mention.

" This is a great tribute to a great staff," Schafer said of the KPR news department. "It's nice to be recognized by the AP for the work we're doing."

The AP awards were announced April 23 during a banquet in Kansas City, Mo.
KPR, licensed to the University of Kansas, broadcasts on KANU 91.5-FM in Lawrence, KANH 89.7-FM in Emporia, KANV 91.3-FM in Olsburg-Junction City and K210CR 89.9-FM in Atchison. KPR also can be heard on the Web at http://kpr.ku.edu.

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