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VPM wins three AP Broadcasters Awards for exceptional reporting in 2020

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VPM Reporter Benjamin Dolle works in the studio for radio and audio pieces. (Photo: VPM)

The VPM News team received three Virginias Associated Press Broadcasters Awards, recognizing the exceptional reporting produced throughout 2020.

The not-for-profit organization VAPB represents thousands of newspapers and broadcast stations across the U.S., taking an opportunity to honor only a select few in the annual contest.  

VPM’s news stories were awarded for their in-depth look at how the pandemic impacted and changed communities in Virginia, highlighting a multimedia story about evictions and the increase in Christmas tree sales. 

In addition, VPM’s Benjamin Dolle placed second in best newscast for his on-air contributions to “The Daily Newscast,” which delivers updates of important Central Virginia news every morning in 10 minutes or less.

The full list of awards is below:

Best Spot News, Second Place: Ian Stewart, “Christmas Tree Sales Spike Amid the Pandemic”

Best Multimedia/Online Journalism, First Place: Whittney Evans, Julia Rendleman, and David Streever, “Safer at Home: Evicted During a Pandemic”

Best Newscast, Second Place: Benjamin Dolle, The Daily Newscast