FILE PHOTO: Mrs. Joanne Noel, prepares her flower bed for planting in front of her Middletown, Pa., home as daughter Danielle, 4, watches as she sits on the ground, May 18, 1979. Noel evacuated her home with her children during the crisis at Three Mile Island, seen in the background.
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StateImpact Pennsylvania’s TMI oral history receives documentary award
Scott Blanchard is editor of StateImpact Pennsylvania, an award-winning public media collaboration among WITF, WHYY in Philadelphia and The Allegheny Front in Pittsburgh that covers the state’s energy economy.
Before joining StateImpact in 2017, Blanchard was enterprise editor at the York (Pa.) Daily Record, where he led the newsroom’s investigative and projects reporting. He was a 2013 Ochberg Fellow, receiving training at Columbia University in PTSD science, self-help and peer support. He is a past president of the Pennsylvania Society of News Editors. A Rockville, Md., native, he is a graduate of the University of Missouri’s journalism school.
The piece was honored in Region 11, made up of Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, in the small-market radio division — markets outside the top 50 in the U.S. The awards are presented to small and large radio, television and digital outlets based on 14 geographic areas.
As a regional honoree, “I remember TMI” will be considered for a national Murrow award.
The award was one of six received by WITF, the lead station in StateImpact’s collaboration that includes WHYY, The Allegheny Front and WPSU. Mike Williams, WITF’s multimedia production manager and project manager for StateImpact, produced the documentary with WITF audio specialist Joe Ulrich narrating the story.
Listen as seven residents bring you inside their stories of uncertainty, confusion, fear and the decision they faced: Stay home amid risk of radiation, or flee.
StateImpact and its partners WESA and The Allegheny Front were honored with the First Amendment Award for going to court to fight an injunction requested by natural gas driller Range Resources, which wanted to stop publication of settlement terms that Frazier discovered in a public court filing.
The Keystones named WITF/StateImpact Pennsylvania as the small-market outstanding news operation.