Impact

The Radio Television Digital News Association honored partner station West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Glynis Board with two regional Murrow Awards for her reporting with the ReSource on the coal industry and the opioid crisis.

In the Region 8 winners announced Tuesday Board won in the “Hard News” category for her story “Paradise Cost,” and in the “Excellence in Video” category for a piece produced with photographer Rebecca Kiger, “Struggle For Sobriety.”

Struggle For Sobriety

As part of the ReSource series “After Obamacare,” Board partnered with photographer Rebecca Kiger to produce a video built from interviews and photos profiling Wendy Crites, a West Virginia resident, mother, and food service worker struggling to maintain sobriety after decades of addiction.

Board’s elegant production blended Kiger’s stunning photography and the emotionally raw interview material for an honest and personal view of the opioid crisis.

Rebecca Kiger | Ohio Valley ReSource

One Woman’s Struggle for Sobriety

Statistics show how many fall into addiction. This woman’s story shows what it takes to get out. Read more >>

An accompanying story by ReSource reporter Aaron Payne showed how treatment programs like the one Crites depends on are tied to the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

Paradise Cost

The story “Paradise Cost” explored the shift underway in the electric power industry as utility companies move from coal to natural gas. The costs involved, Board reported, go far beyond economics and into profound regional health effects.

The TVA’s iconic power station in Paradise, Kentucky, recently switched to gas. The plant, memorialized in John Prine’s ballad, “Paradise,” was also the site for a health study that revealed that infants born downwind from the coal-burning facility suffered lower birth weights.

IMG_1612Becca Schimmel | Ohio Valley ReSource

TVA’s new 100 MW gas-fired facility at Paradise, KY.

Meanwhile in West Virginia, federal officials who support the coal industry touted a coal-burning power plant as evidence that coal will still have a place in the country’s energy mix.

 

Jeff Young is the Managing Editor of The Ohio Valley ReSource.