WUOT News Department

WUOT News Mission

We will educate and inform our listeners with well-produced stories and interviews that apply a human perspective to the important regional issues of the day.
We will pursue them with integrity, responsibility and a commitment to accuracy.

Matt Shafer Powell
News Director/Executive Producer
865-974-9354
matt.shafer.powell@wuot.org
http://twitter.com/MShaferPowell

 


WUOT 91.9 FM NAMED ‘BEST OVERALL’ BY TENNESSEE AP BROADCASTERS

WUOT won “Best Overall” in the Non-Commercial Division of the 2012 Tennessee Associated Press Broadcasters (TAPB) awards June 16, 2012, in Nashville. WUOT also received first-place awards for Public Affairs, Continuing Coverage and Talk Show. Earlier this year, the station received three regional Edward R. Murrow awards for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism from the Radio-Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). The station was recognized in the Continuing Coverage, Feature Reporting and News Documentary categories. WUOT also swept the General Reporting and Feature Reporting categories at the annual Golden Press Card awards held by the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists (ETSPJ).
>>read more


WUOT News Awards - 2011


The East Tennessee Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists recently honored WUOT with the following Golden Press Card Awards:

Feature Reporting, Radio

Documentary/Public Affairs Programming, Radio

Best Use of Sound, Radio

General Reporting, Radio

The Tennessee Associated Press also honored the News Department with the following awards:

Radio Talk Show

Enterprise

Best Overall

WUOT also received honorable mentions for “Pioneers & Engineers” (Public Affairs), “Amadeus” (Use of Sound) and “Teacher Effectiveness Series” (Long Hard News Story).


WUOT Takes Top Awards

WUOT’s News Department received top honors in the 2011 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). WUOT was the only radio station in Tennessee to be recognized for excellence in electronic journalism and won in the following categories:

Best News Series: “Teacher Effectiveness,” a three-part series by Matt Shafer Powell, Chrissy Keuper, Leslie Snow and Annie Byrnes. Airdates: Aug. 17-19, 2010
>>listen, Part One
>>listen, Part Two
>>listen, Part Three

Best Use of Sound: “Amadeus,” by Matt Shafer Powell. Airdate: Sept. 8. 2010
>>listen
>>Read the RTDNA Release


 

NEWSFLASH!! WUOT WINS NATIONAL AWARD

WUOT-FM has been recognized with its first-ever NATIONAL Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism.
http://www.rtnda.org/pages/media_items/2009-edward-r.-murrow-national-winners1799.php
(Scroll down to "Small Market Radio")
>>Read the press release from the University.
>>Listen to the award-winning entry.

 

WUOT Honored at Murrow Awards Dinner

NPR's Melissa Block with WUOT's Matt Shafer PowellThe Radio-Television News Directors Association celebrated the best in radio, television, and online journalism as it presented Edward R. Murrow Awards to news organizations at a black-tie dinner in New York Oct. 12. WUOT's News Director, Matt Shafer Powell, was there to accept an award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism.
>>photos



 

WUOT Wins 2009 Regional Murrow Awards

WUOT has received two 2009 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio-Television News Directors Association. WUOT was the regional Small Market winner in the “News Series” category for “My Life. My Vote," produced by WUOT News Director Matt Shafer Powell in conjunction with the Baker Center.
>>read the press release

>>Listen to the award-winning feature.

 

 


DIALOGUE

Dialogue, WUOT's monthly call-in programDialogue is WUOT's award-winning monthly, call-in program that features issues and guests of interest from East Tennessee. The show is hosted by a member of WUOT's news staff and airs the first Wednesday of every month at 1:00 p.m. The call-in number is 865-974-5050.
>>Listen to all the "Dialogue" podcasts.

If you are aware of an event or issue that might make an interesting feature story or topic for Dialogue, please send us a detailed message at newsroom@wuot.org. Make sure you include your name and the best way to contact you. We are not able to respond to every request, but each one will be carefully considered.

 


Faith, photographed by David HabercomFinding Life in the Shadows

Knoxville photographer David Habercom's portraits of homeless people have established him as an innovative and creative voice in the discussion about homelessness.
View photos of Faith and Michael, the subjects who appear in the story.
Listen to WUOT's feature story about Habercom's work.

 


AWARDS

WUOT had a great night at the annual East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists banquet held May 16, 2009 in Knoxville, winning all the awards in the Feature category and nearly all in the other two radio categories.  WUOT also won the prestigious Horace V. Wells Community Service Award for the series My Life. My Vote., a category in which the station competed with ALL media, not only radio stations.
>>Read the complete list of winning entries as well as audio links. 

WUOT took two first-place awards at the Tennessee Associated Press banquet held recently in Nashville. Winning entries were: My Life. My Vote. for Best Enterprise and Dialogue for Best Radio Talk Show. WUOT also received three honorable mentions: WUOT News Staff - Best Overall; Chrissy Keuper - Best Hard News Story (TVA vs. Hill); and Matt Shafer Powell - Best Radio Newscaster.
>>Listen to the winning Dialogue compilation.
>>My Life. My Vote.

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WUOT-FM received two 1st place awards and two honorable mentions at the 2008 Tennessee Associated Press Awards.

1st place - Enterprise- Matt Shafer Powell and David Habercom "The Other Side of the Street"
1st place - Talk Show- Staff (Matt, Chrissy Keuper, Ann Lloyd & Greg Hill) "Dialogue"
Hon. Mention Hard News Story- Ann Lloyd "Internet Censorship"
Hon. Mention Hard News Story- Ann Lloyd "American Contractors in Iraq"

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2007 AWARDS

PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors Inc) held July 2007:


Soft Feature- First place "Finding Life in the Shadows"
News Feature- Second Place "Last Stop at Deer Lodge"
Writing- First Place "Santa's Knife and Gun Shop"
Writing- Second Place "Finding Life in the Shadows"

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2007- Tennessee Associated Press Broadcasters Association

First Place - "Dialogue" - Best Radio Talk Show

 

First Place - "Public Notice" - Best Hard News Story

 

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Society of Professional Journalists

Award of Excellence - General Reporting - "Fontana Lake"

Award of Merit - General Reporting - "Amendment One"

Award of Merit - Features - "Finding Life in the Shadows"

Award of Merit - Documentary/Public Affairs Programming - "Dialogue"

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April 2007 -- WUOT received a 2007 regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio-Television News Directors Association for "Best Writing" in the Small Market Radio category for a region that includes Tennessee, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Kentucky. The winning entry is a compilation of three different features stories that aired on WUOT during 2006: "Finding Life in the Shadows," "Santa's Gun and Knife Shop" and "Last Stop at Deer Lodge." Click here to listen to the feature.

 


2006 AWARDS

PRNDI AwardsJuly 2006 -- WUOT won four awards at the PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors Inc) Awards Banquest held Saturday, July 22nd. The awards, small newsroom category, went as follows:


1st Place (Documentary)--- Oak Ridge: In the Shadow of the Atom
1st Place (Series)--- Lost to War
1st Place (Writing)--- The Body Farm
2nd Place (Soft Feature)--- The Body Farm

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May 2006 - WUOT came away with several awards at the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists Awards gathering Friday night, May 12, in Knoxville. The Golden Press Card Awards recognize Excellence in Journalism in East Tennessee.
The awards were as follows:

Society of Professional JournalistsFirst Place- Award of Excellence (Radio Investigative Reporting): Ann Lloyd "Mold in Morristown Schools"



Society of Professional Journalists First Place- Award of Excellence (Radio Documentary/Public Affairs Programming): Matt Shafer Powell "Oak Ridge: In the Shadow of the Atom"


Society of Professional JournalistsFirst Place- Award of Excellence (Radio Feature Reporting): Matt Shafer Powell "Lost to War"

 

Society of Professional JournalistsSecond Place- Award of Merit (Radio News Reporting): Ann Lloyd "Mold in Morristown Schools"

 

Society of Professional JournalistsSecond Place- Award of Merit (Radio Feature Reporting): Matt Shafer Powell "The Body Farm"



Society of Professional JournalistsSecond Place- Award of Merit (Radio Documentary/Public Affairs Programming): Matt Shafer Powell "Lost to War"



Society of Professional JournalistsThird Place- (Radio News Reporting): Matt Shafer Powell "Tennessee Theatre Re-opens"



Society of Professional JournalistsHonorable Mention- (Radio Feature Reporting): Ann Lloyd "Bat Boy the Musical"



August 2005 - WUOT's New Department had another excellent showing in the Tennessee AP Awards this year. WUOT came away with FIRST PLACE- OVERALL EXCELLENCE, as well as awards in the following catagories:

2004 Tennessee Associated Press Broadcaster's Association (TAPBA) Radio News Competition
WUOT
Honorable Mention for Use of Sound: "Guitar Camp"

2004 Tennessee Associated Press Broadcaster's Association (TAPBA) Radio News Competition
WUOT
First Place for Breaking News: "Five Points"

2004 Tennessee Associated Press Broadcaster's Association (TAPBA) Radio News Competition
WUOT
First Place for Talk Show: "Dialogue," WUOT's monthly live call-in program

2004 Tennessee Associated Press Broadcaster's Association (TAPBA) Radio News Competition
WUOT
First Place- News Excellence/Writing: "Prom of the Stars"

2004 Tennessee Associated Press Broadcaster's Association (TAPBA) Radio News Competition
WUOT
First Place- Enterprise: "Prom of the Stars"


July 2005 - WUOT was awarded three PRNDI

(Public Radio News Directors Inc) awards at the annual conference in Chicago. This is the only national contest that recognizes "outstanding public radio news reporting at local stations". Here are the winners:

First Place (Best Writing) "Wilma Dykeman profile"
First Place (News Feature) "Autism in Schools"
Second Place (Best Use of Sound) "Acoustic Camp"


Click on the picture to hear the story.

Society of Professional Journalists2004 Golden Press Card award from the East Tennessee Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
News Reporting: Award of Excellence- Matt Shafer Powell "Five Points"


Society of Professional Journalists2004 Golden Press Card award from the East Tennessee Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
News Reporting: Award of Merit- Ann Lloyd "Austin Homes"


Society of Professional Journalists2004 Golden Press Card award from the East Tennessee Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
News Reporting: Third Place- Matt Shafer Powell "Autism in Schools"


Society of Professional Journalists2004 Golden Press Card award from the East Tennessee Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Feature Reporting: Award of Excellence- Matt Shafer Powell "Prom of the Stars"



Society of Professional Journalists2004 Golden Press Card award from the East Tennessee Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Feature Reporting: Award of Merit- Ann Lloyd "Diversity Prom"


Society of Professional Journalists2004 Golden Press Card award from the East Tennessee Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Feature Reporting: Third Place- Matt Shafer Powell "New Market Train Wreck"



The ArcThe Arc of Tennessee
Media Excellence Award 2005
Matt Shafer Powell
"Prom of the Stars"




Click here to listen
2005 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio-Television News Directors Association - Best Feature in the Small Market Radio category.
Matt Shafer Powell
“Prom of the Stars”



Click here to listen.2006 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio-Television News Directors Association - Best News Series in the Small Market Radio category.
Matt Shafer Powell
"Lost to War: the Fallen Remembered."

 


2004 Communicator Award of Distinction2004 Communicator Award of Distinction
Matt Shafer Powell
"Zero Tolerance"

 

 

2003 Tennessee Associated Press Broadcaster's Association (TAPBA) Radio News Competition
WUOT
First place for Enterprise:"Two Flags, One City"

2003 Tennessee Associated Press Broadcaster's Association (TAPBA) Radio News Competition
WUOT
Honorable Mention for Overall Excellence

2003 Tennessee Associated Press Broadcaster's Association (TAPBA) Radio News Competition
Matt Shafer Powell
First Place for Writing (State-wide)
                 "Two Flags, One City"

2003 Tennessee Associated Press Broadcaster's Association (TAPBA) Radio News Competition
Matt Shafer Powell
First Place for Writing (Knoxville market)
                 "Two Flags, One City"

2003 Tennessee Associated Press Broadcaster's Association (TAPBA) Radio News Competition
Ann Lloyd
Honorable Mention for Writing (Knoxville market)
                 "Elkmont"

2003 Tennessee Associated Press Broadcaster's Association (TAPBA) Radio News Competition
Matt Shafer Powell
First place for Sound Excellence (Knoxville market)
                 "Knoxville's Lost Vets"

2003 Tennessee Associated Press Broadcaster's Association (TAPBA) Radio News Competition
Ann Lloyd
Honorable Mention for Sound Excellence (Knoxville  market): "Cerebral Palsy Therapy"


Two Flags, One City

Battle of Ft. Sanders painting

“Battle of Fort Sanders”,
oil on canvas painting by N. Jordan, 1891.
Used by permission of East Tennessee
Historical Society Museum.

On November 29th, 2003, WUOT aired a special, half-hour documentary to commemorate the 140th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Sanders. "Two Flags, One City: Knoxville's Civil War" was produced by Matt Shafer Powell and features insights, perspective and commentary from some of East Tennessee's most-respected authorities on the Civil War.
>>Listen

>>Read the complete transcript

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Without a Net

PolitiFact Tennessee

Mother and Child

A Key to My Room - Women of the YWCA

Pioneers and Engineers, the WUOT Story

 

My Life. My Vote.


Click to read about "The Other Side of the Street"

 

Lost to War: A special series produced by Matt Shafer Powell

 

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