WAMC’s Chartock, Shields win top Associated Press awards

ALBANY – WAMC Northeast Public Radio has received several awards for its work in 2019 from the New York State Associated Press Association, including its two top honors. WAMC President and CEO Alan Chartock, who has led the station for four decades, won the NYSAPA Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Art Athens General Excellence of Individual Reporting award went to Brian Shields, who retired after three decades in the WAMC newsroom in December.

“This is a great honor for me personally, but also a testament to everyone who has helped build and support WAMC,” Dr. Chartock said in a press release. “I’m very grateful to the New York State Associated Press Association. I congratulate this year’s other recipients — including several of my colleagues at WAMC.”

Other awards WAMC received include:

Spot News Coverage – Josh Landes, “Tragedy Hits Sheffield Family,” First place

Weathercast – Paul Caiano and Garett Argianas, First place

Public Service –”Housing Series.” Second place

Sports Coverage – Jesse King, “Play Ball: Vintage Teams Preserve Baseball History in New York,” Second place

Digital Presence – Second place

Earlier in May, WAMC also won a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Use of Sound, for a story by Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard.

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