The NCPR press team. Left to right: Cara Chapman, Emily Russell, David Sommerstein, Celia Clarke, Amy Feiereisel, Todd Moe, Monica Sandreczki, Lucy Grindon. Photo: Keith Smeal

North Country Public Radio received eight major national journalism awards for its reporting in 2021.

On June 24, 2022, the Public Media Journalists Association (PMJA) announced that the NCPR had won eight PMJA 2022 Awards in the categories of Investigative Reporting and Reporting, Digital Writing, Interviewing, Use of Sound, Series and Continuing News Coverage.

The PMJA Awards are the nation’s largest public media news awards and honor digital and broadcast journalists. More than 1,500 entries were judged by newsrooms of all sizes across the country. NCPR competes in Division B: newsrooms with 4-7 reporters.

“PMJA recognizes the best journalism in the public radio system,” says NCPR Chief Information Officer David Sommerstein. “To be honored with eight awards among such excellence is quite a feat for our small newsroom. We are so proud of the work that all of our reporters do every day to shine a light on the most important issues facing the North Country, and to reflect the diversity and sense of fun and enjoyment in our region as well.

Amy Feiereisel won first place for best current affairs series and second place for business reporting for the series COVID returns to school. Feiereisel also won first place for best reporting for These teenagers have become frontline emergency responders.

Adirondacks reporter Emily Russell won two top prizes: Best Investigative Reporting for Malone’s Police Reform Plan and better sports functionality for Diversifying the Adirondacks, One Trip at a Time.

Aurora borealis co-hosts Monica Sandreczki and Todd Moe won second place for best use of sound in their feature film An early fall paddle with Todd and Monica. Former Champlain Valley journalist Ryan Finnerty won second place for best digital writing for his feature film The LOSERS of all-weather surfing on Lake Ontario.

The Dean’s List NCPR host and production manager Doyle Dean won second place for best interview for NCPR Project Underscore: Silla and Rise take Inuit throat singing to the dance floor.

“For a station the size of an NCPR station, to make such a splash in a national awards contest is an incredible achievement,” said NCPR station manager Mitch Teich. “I think the wide range of awards for everything from investigative reporting to sports to an interview with a music host. We try to provide the best content we can in the North Country and it’s really nice to be recognized for it.

Full list of PMJA 2022 awards available here.