WVTF Public Radio/RADIO IQ claims Sigma Delta Chi journalism award

ROANOKE, Va., May 13, 2010 – Virginia Tech's WVTF Public Radio has received a 2009 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for excellence in journalism presented by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

Winners were chosen from over 1,300 entries in categories covering print, radio, television, and online. The awards recognize outstanding work published or broadcast in 2009.

Dating back to 1932, the awards originally honored six individuals for contributions to journalism. The current program began in 1939, when the Society granted the first Distinguished Service Awards. The honors later became the Sigma Delta Chi Awards.

Sandy Hausman, reporter/producer; Rick Mattioni, program director; and Connie Stevens, news reporter/anchor of WVTF / RADIO IQ received a Feature Reporting (101+ Market) award for their piece titled “Hurricane Camille Remembered.”

Awards will be presented Oct. 2 during the 2010 SPJ Convention and National Journalism Conference in Las Vegas.

Services of Virginia Tech, WVTF Public Radio and RADIO IQ are listener-supported National Public Radio member stations. They broadcast locally and nationally produced classical and jazz music programs; NPR and BBC news shows, and locally produced journalism, conversation, information, and other cultural and entertainment programs. The stations cover central southwest, and southern Virginia, plus parts of North Carolina and West Virginia. Primary frequencies include, 89.1 FM  for WVTF Public Radio in Roanoke and Blacksburg, 89.7 FM for RADIO IQ in Roanoke and 1260 AM for RADIO IQ in Blacksburg, 89.7 FM and 89.3 FM  for WVTF in Charlottesville, 88.5 FM  for RADIO IQ in Charlottesville, 92.5 FM for RADIO IQ in Richmond, and 88.3 FM for RADIO IQ in Spotsylvania/Fredericksburg. 

For a complete listing of signals from Staunton to Greensboro and Richmond to Bristol, visit WVTF online.

The Society of Professional Journalists provided this story. For additional information, contact Lauren Rochester at (317) 927-8000 ext. 210 or Karen Grabowski at (317) 927-8000 ext. 215.