Broadcast students Troyer, Sadd, Hanson win regional awards

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KEARNEY – Three University of Nebraska at Kearney students received recognition and won awards at the Midwest Journalism Conference March 31-April 1 in Minneapolis.

The UNK Department of Communication and 91.1 KLPR announced winners from the conference, which is hosted by the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association.

Elise Troyer, a senior multimedia communication major from Lincoln, won an Eric Sevareid Award of Merit in the soft news category for her audio piece “Focus on UNK.” The piece focused on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and how they affect the health of humans.

Kattie Sadd, a senior journalism and mass communication major from Beaver City, and 2016 sports management graduate Andrew Hanson of Kearney were also part of an award-winning performance.

Last fall, they teamed up with students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and assisted in the broadcast of the Nebraska vs. Wyoming football pregame on UNK’s sister station at UNL, 90.3 KRNU. That performance won the Eric Sevareid Award for first place in the sportscast/program division of the competition.

The Eric Sevareid Awards are named for the North Dakota-born and University of Minnesota-educated journalist best known for his work as a correspondent for CBS Radio and Television.

Each year, the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association presents awards to the best work done by broadcast news operations and journalists working in all markets in the six-state region covered by the association.