Laurel Redington has won three Massachusetts Broadcasters Association Awards for segments she produced in 2020, according to a press release from MVYRadio. All three segments originally aired on WMVY’s Sunday Morning public affairs show “The Vineyard Current” on WMVY 88.7FM.
In the category of “Critical Coverage,” Redington won a Merit Award for a piece entitled “Racism: A Necessary & Uncomfortable Conversation.” In the segment, Redington speaks with Dr. Walter Collier, author of “Why Racism Persists.”
In the “Feature Story” category, Redington won a Merit Award for “Blue Whale: A Rare Sighting And Other Gifts From The Sea.” In this segment, Redington interviews Alison Ogilvie, an aerial observer for the North Atlantic Right Whale Survey Team for the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown. While looking for endangered right whales, the press release says, she and her colleague spotted a blue whale, rarely seen in these waters, along with another very rare whale.
In the “Spot News” category, Redington won her first-ever First Place Award for “Coronavirus and Domestic Violence: A Public Health Crisis Within A Public Health Crisis.” In this significant feature, Redington spoke with Jennifer Neary, program director for Connect to End Violence, a program of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, about the rise in domestic violence during the COVID-19 quarantine, and about the advice and creative tools they have developed to assist people in dangerous situations, as well as continuing the work they do outside of a pandemic.
Redington won Mass Broadcasters Awards in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Since joining WMVY in 1991, Redington has held various roles at the station, but since March 2017 she has worked in a position she initiated: MVYRadio Community Outreach Director. According to the release, she focuses on creating programming for the station that benefits the community, and she serves as a liaison and emissary to local nonprofits and other organizations to help the radio station better serve the Island.
The archived segments can be found here:
“Racism: A Necessary & Uncomfortable Conversation.” bit.ly/2IOUVLB
“Blue Whale: A Rare Sighting And Other Gifts From The Sea.” bit.ly/3foUq6t
“Coronavirus and Domestic Violence: A Public Health Crisis Within A Public Health Crisis.” bit.ly/371EJyz