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WUIS Springfield Bureau Chief receives Murrow Award

March 30, 2007

SPRINGFIELD – Kavitha Cardoza, Springfield bureau chief for public radio WUIS 91.9FM-WIPA 89.3FM, is among the regional winners in the 2007 Edward R. Murrow Award competition sponsored by the Radio-Television News Directors Association. Murrow awards recognize excellence in electronic journalism. Regional winners were announced March 28.

Cardoza was recognized in Region 7's Radio Small Market division, Hard News category for her report "No Place Like Home," which examined the plight of homeless children.

During the spring of 2006, Cardoza interviewed young people who, while not technically considered homeless, nevertheless have no fixed place to stay. Her story focused on the effects that not having a place to call their own had on these youths' school work, relationships, and self-image.

Cardoza has reported on the Springfield community since July 2002. Earlier this month she received a Special Citation in the prestigious 2006 National Awards for Education Reporting competition sponsored by the Education Writers Association.

Radio and television news managers from across the country serve as Murrow competition judges. This year, judges reviewed nearly 3,200 regional entries, finally making 587 awards to 280 stations in 14 categories. Regional winners are automatically entered in the national competition, which will be judged in early June. National awards will be presented in October at the RTNDA Awards Dinner in New York City.

RTNDA, the world's largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism, has been honoring outstanding achievement in the field with the Murrow Awards since 1971.

WUIS-WIPA is a listener-supported public radio service of the Center for State Policy and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Springfield. WUIS' mission is to satisfy a curious, societally engaged audience through programming and community outreach. For more information or for the program schedule, visit www.wuis.org.