89.3 KPCC Wins Mark Twain Award For Best Investigative Reporting!

Monday, June 14, 2010 (Los Angeles) -- KPCC's environmental reporter Molly Peterson and news director Cheryl Devall have received the Associated Press Television-Radio Association's 2010 Mark Twain Award for Best Radio Investigative Reporting in the Western states. They received the award for the series Pumps Under Pressure.

Pumps Under Pressure reported on evidence that the federal government placed faulty water pumps around New Orleans after Katrina – despite government promises to improve the city’s hurricane protection system. The evidence came from a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers whistleblower and documents obtained by Molly Peterson.

KPCC shares the honor with KCBS San Francisco who received a tie for their report on California’s parole system.

Other Mark Twain Award winners named during the association's 63rd annual awards ceremony, held Saturday night at Disneyland's Paradise Pier Hotel in Anaheim, California include:

Mark Twain Award competitive winners are selected from broadcaster entries from the 2009 calendar year in California, Nevada, Hawaii, Arizona, New Mexico, Washington, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, and Alaska.

About Southern California Public Radio

Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) is a member-supported public radio network that operates 89.3 KPCC-FM in Los Angeles and Orange County, 89.1 KUOR-FM in the Inland Empire and 90.3 KPCV in the Coachella Valley. Reaching more than a 600,000 listeners every week, SCPR is the most listened-to public radio news service of any kind in Southern California. SCPR serves the diverse communities of Southern California with award winning local news coverage as well as the most NPR (National Public Radio) content available in the region. SCPR’s flagship station, KPCC, has garnered over 220 journalistic honors, more than any other radio news organization in the region. SCPR produces two daily weekday shows, AirTalk with Larry Mantle and the Patt Morrison Show along with the local weekend show, Off-Ramp with John Rabe. SCPR features signature public radio programs from American Public Media, the BBC and PRI (Public Radio International). Listeners around the globe can access news, join blogs, download podcasts, as well as hear a live Web stream at www.scpr.org.

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