WHYY’s health and science show, The Pulse, was recognized with two awards from Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI). The show was voted as the Best News/Public Affairs Program for its episode, The Pulse Goes To School. Pulse reporter Elana Gordon won Best Use Of Sound for her story, Is your surgeon listening to Metallica? Possibly.
The Pulse competed with some of the largest NPR member stations in the country, including WNYC in New York City, WBEZ in Chicago, and KQED in San Francisco.
Public Radio News Directors Incorporated is a non-profit organization that improves local news and information programming by serving public radio journalists across the country. The organization wants to promote high standards, ethical principles, and public service among public radio stations. This year, the PRNDI awards were presented on June 25 in St. Louis.
The Pulse also won several Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association (PAPBA) awards. Maiken Scott, the host of The Pulse, was voted as Best Reporter/Anchor. Elana Gordon won first place in Public Service for her story Surprise! When your hospital is in-network, but your doctor isn’t.
The Pulse Goes To School also won a PAPBA for Regularly Scheduled News Or Sports Talk Program, and Elana Gordon’s story Is your surgeon listening to Metallica? Possibly. was awarded first place for Use Of Sound.
Maiken Scott won second place for her feature Beep, Beep, Beep – Hospital Alarms sound mostly without real cause. Pulse reporter Todd Bookman took home third place in the Use Of Sound category for his story Sound it Out: The (sometimes creepy) history of the talking machine.