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TREASURE COAST -- Public radio WQCS / 88.9 FM brought home five first-place wins from The Associated Press awards program for outstanding reporting on the Treasure Coast communities it serves.
Jill Roberts, news director, won "Best Series Reporting" for her series on domestic violence with the SafeSpace shelter for battered women in Stuart. The interviews included abuse stories from men and women, with an outline of the services from Jill Borowicz, executive director.
Ms. Roberts, handling news at WQCS for more than 25 years, also received a second place award in "Best Series Reporting." Roberts and Floridays host Janie Gould put together several reports on the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew in 1992 in Miami. The storm was originally headed for the Treasure Coast and changed course while crossing the Bahamas.
Ms. Gould produced several oral history interviews with former Miami residents affected by the storm and Ms. Roberts interviewed a Miami-Dade County school teacher who lost her condominium unit for 18 months while waiting for repairs to be completed.
Ms. Roberts received second place in the category "Public Affairs" for her story on the mobile food bank efforts for elderly residents on the Treasure Coast. The Treasure Coast Food Bank provides the service.
For the fourth consecutive year, Morning Edition local news host Drew Mello won first place in the "Newscasts up to five minutes" category for his reporting each Monday through Friday during local breaks in National Public Radio's Morning Edition news program, broadcast between 5 and 9 a.m.
Ms. Gould, now retired from WQCS, won first place in the "Public Affairs" category for her story on a pianist who plays with one hand after a stroke, and a second place win in "Best Light Feature" for her story on an historical fish house in Sebastian, part of Ms. Gould's weekly Floridays oral history features.
A student intern at WQCS, Kenrick Thomas won two first place AP honors in the "college" category. Mr. Thomas's "Best Long Light Feature" was a story on Darue Fitness, a cross-fit and diet program to promote a healthy life style. The second win was "Best Sports" for a story on the Treasure Coast Bobcats semi-professional football team in Port St. Lucie.
WQCS / 88.9 FM is licensed to Indian River State College and is located on the Main Campus in Fort Pierce. It serves listeners from northern Palm Beach County to south Brevard County, including Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties. Besides its main channel, WQCS offers HD1, HD2 and HD3 programming online at www.wqcs.org.