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KWGS and StateImpact Oklahoma Receive Society of Professional Journalists Awards

KWGS and StateImpact Oklahoma received seventeen awards from the Society of Professional Journalists Oklahoma Pro Chapter on Saturday, April 21, 2013.

John Durkee, KWGS News Director, won an award for best radio newscast and Catherine Roberts, KWGS Reporter, won a best radio portfolio award.

Joe Wertz, StateImpact Oklahoma's Digital Reporter and Logan Layden, StateImpact Oklahoma's Broadcast Reporter, together received fifteen awards.

StateImpact Oklahoma is a collaboration of KGOU, KOSU, KWGS, KCCU, OETA and NPR. Joe Wertz and Logan Layden travel the state to report on the intersection of government, industry, natural resources and the Oklahoma workforce.

Radio Best Newscast:

  • 2nd, John Durkee, KWGS

Radio General News:

  • 1st, Logan Layden, StateImpact Oklahoma
  • 2nd, Logan Layden, StateImpact Oklahoma

Featu​re:

  • 3rd, Joe Wertz, StateImpact Oklahoma

Investigative Reporting:

  • 2nd, Logan Layden, StateImpact Oklahoma

Government Reporting:

  • 3rd, Joe Wertz, StateImpact Oklahoma

Election Reporting:

  • 1st, Logan Layden, StateImpact Oklahoma

Diversity Coverage:

  • 1st, Logan Layden, StateImpact Oklahoma

Best Reporting Portfolio:

  • 2nd, Logan Layden, StateImpact Oklahoma
  • 3rd, Catherine Roberts, KWGS

Online Writing:

  • 1st, Joe Wertz, StateImpact Oklahoma
  • 2nd, Joe Wertz, StateImpact Oklahoma
  • 3rd, Logan Layden, StateImpact Oklahoma

Special Report/ Enterprise:

  • 1st, Joe Wertz, StateImpact Oklahoma
  • 3rd, Joe Wertz, StateImpact Oklahoma

Interactive Graphic or Resource:

  • 1st, Joe Wertz, StateImpact Oklahoma
  • 3rd, Joe Wertz, StateImpact Oklahoma

Learn More about the StateImpact Oklahoma awards.

Joe Wertz and Logan Layden
Joe Wertz and Logan Layden

Joe Wertz, Digital Reporter
Joe Wertz is StateImpact Oklahoma's digital reporter. He has previously served as Managing Editor of Urban Tulsa Weekly, as the Arts & Entertainment Editor at Oklahoma Gazette and worked as a Staff Writer for The Oklahoman. Joe was a weekly correspondent for KGOU from 2007-2010. He grew up in Bartlesville, Okla., lives in Oklahoma City, and studied journalism at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Logan Layden, Broadcast Reporter
Logan Layden is a native of McAlester, Oklahoma. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2009 and spent three years as a state capitol reporter and local host of All Things Considered for NPR member station KGOU in Norman.