General Manager's Newsletter | May 2018

A Letter from the General Manager, Christina Kuzmych
The pets had the final word!
Spring fund drive was over on April 18, the second Pet Wednesday. We (you and WPM staff) reached the goal two days earlier than anticipated. Thanks to everyone who made a one-time donation, sustained their membership, renewed, and made a first-time donation. It’s an investment that thousands of Wyomingites happily make to connect Wyoming and to connect us all to the rest of the world. Continue reading
Wyoming Public Radio Honored with 2 Murrow Awards. For the fourth consecutive year, reports from Wyoming Public Radio have taken home Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. This year, Reporter Tennessee Watson won for Best Hard News Story with her report on the financial standing of mobile home owners and Best News Series with stories on the handling of sexual misconduct at the University of Wyoming.
Tennessee Waston Selected As Langeloth Fellow. Watson was one of 24 reporters selected to report on a collaborative look at solitary confinement. Watson will specifically be looking at the treatment of juvenile offenders in Wyoming. To kick off the fellowship she attended a workshop in New York City this month. Other fellows include NPR's Cheryl Corley and the Center for Investigative Reporting's Michael Montgomery.
Alanna Elder Nominated For Spitaleri Award. Elder's nomination for the Rosemarie Martha Spitaleri Award recognized her as a student exhibiting the finest leadership, academic integrity, and citizenship qualities. In her time at Wyoming Public Media, Elder has certainly gone above and beyond in her work with HumaNature and the news and cultural affairs departments.
Tennessee Waston Joins All-Women Documentary Team. Reporter Tennessee Watson began work with the documentary Deer #139, in which five women test their endurance and wits as they brave the formidable, migratory journey of a pregnant mule deer. Other team members include Sam Dwinnell, Anya Tyson, Jayme Dittmar, and Mo Heim. The film is set to release in late 2018.
Panel Discussion on "Demystifying the Media" HumaNature Senior Producer Erin Jones served as a panelist for a media workshop at the Berry Center for Biodiversity on the University of Wyoming Campus on April 25th. The "Demystifying the Media" panel discussed how scientists, or others not accustomed to being interviewed, can better communicate with reporters and through the media.
Wyoming Mineral Taxes Make National News. Wyoming Public Radio Natural Resources and Energy Reporter Cooper McKim was featured on Here & Now on April 10th with his story on the lack of county ad valorem tax revenue. Due to a complex and convoluted tax system, mineral companies become a less reliable source of revenue for counties around the state.
Northwest Reporter Featured on Morning Edition. Wyoming Public Radio's Kamila Kudelska reported on the school board in Cody's debate on whether to let its teachers carry guns. The story was featured on April 17th, and the decision to allow firearms passed later that evening. Teachers will be able to arm their classroom beginning in the 2018-2019 school year after they undergo least 18 hours of firearm training. 
Opioid Epidemic Inspires Northern Arapahoe Lawsuit. Wyoming Public Radio's Melodie Edwards was featured on National Native News on April 18th. Her story highlighted the decision of the Northern Arapaho tribe to sue drug manufacturers and distributors for their role in the opioid epidemic. As the crisis in the nation grows, the Northern Arapahoe tribe stated in the complaint, "every member has been effected."
McKim Celebrates One Year with 5th National Story. Wyoming Public Radio Natural Resources and Energy Reporter Cooper McKim was featured on All Things Considered on April 25th with his story Rural Lands At Risk As Ranchers Prepare For Retirement. This is McKim's fifth national feature in his first year at Wyoming Public Radio. Congratulations, Cooper!
Latest HumaNature Episode Receives Listener Feedback. The latest episode of HumaNature “Carbon and Dust” is the longest installment of HumaNature yet at nearly an hour long. The episode deals with one of the most fundamental aspects of nature: death. The show has recieived a lot of feedback from listeners, as well as a shoutout from the Death, Sex, & Money podcast. We hope you’ll take the time to listen.
Caroline and the rest of the HumaNature cast are doing terrific work. Their latest is intimately gorgeous yet difficult. A love letter to radio producers everywhere, too. Fine work, all! - @jodymark, Twitter
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