We didn't win any trophies like Ishita Khiani's, but over the weekend the KTOO team won 14 awards from the Alaska Press Club for reporting and programming done in 2020.
I was so excited to be done with 2020 and get on to 2021, that I don't think I ever took the time to reflect on how much we were able to accomplish last year. Almost everything that we produced last year was made under weird and often difficult circumstances. They were the product of glitchy Zoom calls and recordings interrupted by kids, pets, noisy neighbors or road construction. They were written in closets or at kitchen tables and edited over the phone or Slack.
Everything we did last year was a workaround, but the stories still came through loud and clear, poignant and necessary. I can't list all the winners here, but they range from one of Pablo Arauz Peña's first stories for us about "What Alaskans learned from ‘the mother of all pandemics’" to Jeremy Hsieh's story about "How the ‘infodemic’ is playing out in Juneau." Our website won an award, as did an episode of the Cruise Town podcast and our series on Juneau Afternoon from the Black Awareness Association, Juneau.
I'm very proud -- not just of the awards, but of everything we were managed to put on the air and on the web during a most unusual and trying year.
-- Jennifer Pemberton, KTOO Managing Editor