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OPB News Reporter Amelia Templeton Wins National Award for Excellence in Journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists

OPB | April 16, 2014 9:57 a.m. | Updated: April 16, 2014 3:04 p.m.

OPB today announced that OPB News Reporter Amelia Templeton has won the national Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

The awards recognize the best in professional journalism in categories covering print, radio, television, newsletters, art/graphics, online and research. The contest is open to all U.S. media outlets and entries are judged by distinguished veteran journalists.

The first reporter in OPB history to earn this national prize, Templeton receives this honor in the “Radio Investigative Reporting” category for the top 100 radio markets in the U.S. It is the result of her May 2013 radio story about the growing public safety issues in southern Oregon’s Josephine County. Her story was edited by Eve Epstein, OPB director of news and public affairs, and the accompanying online design was created by OPB News Web Editor Michael Clapp.

“This award is a testament to the talent, dedication and high-caliber reporting of our OPB News staff,” said Morgan Holm, senior vice president and chief content officer, OPB. “Amelia reported this story with tenacity and a commitment to thorough, ethical journalism. The result was a story that drew international attention to the situation in Josephine County. We are extremely proud that Amelia is a part of this organization.”

Templeton joined OPB in 2010, serving as a general news reporter. In May 2011, she became a multimedia producer for EarthFix, a public media partnership reporting on environmental issues across the Northwest. Most recently this year, Templeton joined the Portland-based OPB News team as a city hall and metro reporter. Prior to OPB, Templeton worked for the organization Human Rights First out of its Washington DC office, working with refugees and asylum seekers from Iraq.

The SPJ is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.

The Sigma Delta Chi Awards date back to 1932, when the Society first honored six individuals for contributions to journalism. The current program began in 1939, when the organization awarded the first Distinguished Service Awards. These awards later became the Sigma Delta Chi Awards.

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