WPSU Awards

From left: McCourtney Institute Director Michael Berkman, Communications Specialist Jenna Spinelle, and McCourtney Institute Managing Director Christopher Beem in the WPSU radio studio. The “Democracy Works” podcast was honored with a 2020 CASE Circle of Excellence award. Image: Darren Weimert/Barash Publications


2021 NATAS Mid-Atlantic Emmy®

NOMINATED

Community Service: Speaking Grief
Lindsey Whissel Fenton, Producer/Director/Writer

Interactive Media: Speaking Grief
Lindsey Whissel Fenton, Producer/Director/Writer
Cassie Marsh-Caldwell, Project Manager/Strategist
Mindy McMahon, Executive Producer
Cole Cullen, Creative Director
Kristin Bittner, Instructional Designer
Steve Nelson, Web Designer
Chris Divyak, Web Developer
Tom Wilson, Director of Multimedia
Mark Stitzer, Editor
Byron J. Conrad, Editor
Jeffrey A. Hughes, Director of Broadcasting
Isabel Reinert, Executive Director

Human Interest: Speaking Grief: Jensen-Kane Family Profile
Lindsey Whissel Fenton, Producer/Director/Writer
Mark Stitzer, Editor

Branded Content: Polly’s Story (PSU Development Video)
James Espy, Producer/Director
Matt Stephens, Videographer
Mark Stitzer, Videographer/Editor
Rick Humber,  Location Audio
Clint Yoder,  Post Audio
Mindy McMahon, Executive Producer

Documentary: Humin Focus, Episode 3, Who Counts: The Complexities of Democracy in America
John Christman, Executive Producer
Matt Jordan, Executive Producer and Consulting Producer
Andy Grant, Producer/Director
Mark Stitzer, Videographer/Editor


2021 Radio Television Digital News Association

Regional Edward R. Murrow Award – News Series: “The 2020 election through the eyes of Pa. voters”
American Amplified team


2021 Public Media Journalists Association Awards

Use of Sound  – First Place: “First Night State College Ukulele Class Offers Chance To Strum In The New Year
Anne Danahy, Producer


2021 The Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Awards

Outstanding Documentary: Speaking Grief

Outstanding Radio Feature Story/Report/Series in the Blue Radio group: This Rag-Tag Group Of DIYers Has An Answer For Rural Pa.’s Internet Problem
Min Xian, Producer

Outstanding COVID Feature Story/Report, Blue Radio group:First-Person Account Of COVID-19: Centre County Man Shares His Story
Emily Reddy, Producer


2020 CASE (Higher Education)

Circle of Excellence: Democracy Works podcast
McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State
Jenna Spinelle, Producer


2020 NATAS Mid-Atlantic Emmy®

WINNER

Sports – Program Series: Unrivaled: The Penn State Football Story
Mindy McMahon, Executive Producer
Don Hampton, Senior Producer/Director
Michael Loftus, Senior Producer/Director
Anya Swanson, Producer/Director
Matt Stephens, Videographer/Editor
Clint Yoder, Field and Post-production Audio
Justin Donnelly, Videographer/Editor
Shane Robinson, Videographer/Editor
Sam Newhouse, Videographer/Editor
Blake Newsock, Videographer/Editor
Jon Baker, editor
Michael Klein, post-production audio

Sports – Program Series:  The Penn State Basketball Story
Mindy McMahon, Executive Producer
Don Hampton, Senior Producer/Director
Allen Goldate, Senior Producer/Director
Will Price,  Producer/Director
Shane Robinson, Videographer/Editor
Clint Yoder, Videographer/Editor
Justin Donnelly, Videographer/Editor
Matt Stephens, Videographer/Editorr
Sam Newhouse, Videographer/Editor
Michael Klein, Post-production Audio

NOMINATED

Branded: Schreyer Honors College-Schreyer Stories
Mark Stitzer, Director of Photography/Editor
Richard Humber, Field Audio
Topher Yorks, Senior Producer/Director

Sports – Feature Segment: LifeLink PSU-Penn State Football
Mindy McMahon, Executive Producer
Michael Loftus, Senior Producer/Director/Writer
Shane Robinson, Videographer
Jon Baker, Editor
Justin Donnelly, Videographer/Editor
Richard Humber, Field Audio

Promotion – News, Program, PSA: “Science-U Parent Inspiration PSA’s”
Kristian Berg, Writer/Producer/Director
Melissa DeJesus, Character Designer/Animator
Kristin Bittner, Instructional Designer/Co-writer
Christopher Kugler, Editor

Photographer – Sports: Matt Stephens


2020 Public Media Journalists Association Awards

Use of Sound – Second Place: Nightlife in Central Pennsylvania’s Vernal Pools: Field Trip Offers Look at Creatures of the Night
Anne Danahy
, Producer


2019 NATAS Mid-Atlantic Emmy®

WINNER

Education/schools – Program/special category: “Finding Your Roots: The Seedlings” (episode 7) and “Finding Your Roots: The Seedlings” (episode 8)
Kristian Berg, Writer/Producer/Director
Cheraine Stanford, Co-producer
Tyler Hendersen, Editor

Silver Circle Society
Patty Satalia 25 years working in pursuit of the profession’s highest and most noble goals. 

Achievement in Photography – Sports
Matt Stephens

NOMINATED

Sports – Program series: “Unrivaled: The Penn State Football Story”
Mindy McMahon, Executive Producer
Don Hampton, Senior Producer/Director
Anya Swanson, Producer/Director
Shane Robinson, Videographer/Editor
Sam Newhouse, Videographer/Editor
Clint Yoder Location and Post-production Audio
Matt Stephens, Videographer/Editor
Jonnie Baker, Editor
Mickey Klein, Post-production Audio

Community Service: Our Town

Photographer – Sports: Matt Stephens


2018 Telly Award

Television – Public Interest/Awareness (Bronze winner): Managing Risk in a Changing Climate
Kristian Berg, Writer/Producer/Director
Tyler Henderson; Editor
Cole Cullen, Editor
Mark Stitzer, Director of Photography

Non-Broadcast – Education (Bronze winner): “Finding Your Roots: The Seedlings (Episode 1)”
Kristian Berg, Writer/Producer/Director
Cheraine Stanford, Co-producer Editor
Tyler Henderson, Editor

Non-Broadcast – Education (Bronze winner): “It’s On Us”
Lindsey Whissel Fenton, Writer/Producer/Director
Mark Stitzer, Director of Photography/Editor
Mickey Klein, Audio Mix,

Online – General Education (Bronze winner): “Women In Science Profiles”
Cheraine Stanford, Writer/Producer/Director
Tyler Henderson, Director of Photography/Editor
Mickey Klein, Audio Mix,


2018 NATAS Mid-Atlantic Emmy®

WINNER

Overall Excellence: WPSU Penn State
Isabel Reinert, General Manager

Education/Schools – Program/Special: Finding Your Roots: The Seedlings, episodes 2 and 3
Kristian Berg, Producer/Director/Writer
Cheraine Stanford, Producer
Tyler Henderson, Editor/Videographer

Silver Circle Society
Bill Wallace 25 years working in pursuit of the profession’s highest and most noble goals. 

NOMINATED

Arts Program/Special: Pennsylvania Folklore: Woven Together
Lindsey Whissel Fenton, Producer/Director/Writer
Mark Stitzer, Director of Photography
Tyler Henderson, Editor

Health/Environment/Science Program/Special: Managing Risk in a Changing Climate
Kristian Berg, Producer/Director/Writer
Tyler Henderson, Editor
Cole Cullen, Editor
Mark Stitzer, Director of Photography

Sports – Program Series: Unrivaled: The Penn State Football Story
Mindy McMahon, Executive Producer
Ken Grau, Producer/Director
Don Hampton, Senior Producer/Director
Micayla Catanzariti, Videographer/Editor
Matt Stephens, Videographer/Editor
Clint Yoder, Location and Post Production Audio
Michael Klein, Post Production Audio
Christopher Kugler, Videographer/Editor
Blake Newsock, Videographer/Editor

Education/Schools – Program/Special ­Finding Your Roots: The Seedlings (episode 1)

Lifestyle Program/Special: Thrift Shop Chef
Judson Mantz, Editor
Daniel Balton, Producer/Director

Individual Achievement
Editor, Program – Craft Achievement: Mark Stitzer
Writing/Program (Non News) – Craft Achievement: Kristian Berg


2018 Public Radio News Directors, Inc. Awards

Multi-Media Presentation – First Place: “Fifty years later, Vietnam veterans search for healing at the Traveling Wall”
Min Xian & Anne Danahy, Producers

Long Documentary – First Place: “Time to Lay it Down ~ The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War”
Frank Christopher, Producer

Spot News – First Place: “Town Hall Takes Place Without Representative Glenn Thompson”
Emily Reddy, Producer

Continuing Coverage – Second Place: “The Hazing Death of Timothy Piazza: The Trial of Penn State Fraternity Members and Community Reaction”
Emily Reddy, Producer
Min Xian, Producer
Anne Danahy, Producer
Sarah Paez, Intern
Katie DeFiore, Intern
Meghan Shiels, Intern


2017 Public Radio News Directors, Inc. Awards

Arts Feature – Second Place:Innovative String Quintet ‘Sybarite5’ Plays Tonight at Penn State
Kristine Allen, Producer

Multi-Media Presentation – First Place: “Reasons to Stay
Emily Reddy, Producer
Frank Christopher, Producer/Director
Tom Wilson, Website Development
Steve Nelson, Website Development

Writing – Second Place:For Trump’s Most Ardent Supporters, Victory Was No Surprise
Eleanor Klibanoff, Producer


2017 The Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Awards

Outstanding Television Public Affairs Program/Program Series: WPSU-TV’s “Conversations LIVE”

Outstanding Use of Digital Media: WPSU Digital Studios

Outstanding Radio Feature Story/Report/Series: WPSU-FM’s “Reporting Sexual Assault”
Emily Reddy, Producer
Eleanor Klibanoff, Producer
Erin Cassidy Hendrick, Producer


2017 Radio Television Digital News Association

Regional Edward R. Murrow Award – Excellence in Innovation : Reasons To Stay
Emily Reddy, Producer
Frank Christopher, Producer/Director
Tom Wilson, Website Development
Steve Nelson, Website Development