KRCU at Southeast Missouri State University was recognized on Saturday, June 10, at the Missouri Broadcasters Association’s Annual Convention and Awards Banquet at the Branson Hilton Convention Center in Branson, Missouri.
KRCU received an honorable mention in the news series category for the station’s production of “Living in the Shadows.” KRCU’s Feature Reporter Marissanne Lewis-Thompson shared the stories of homeless youth in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and the impact its invisibility is having on families and schools.
The four-part series takes an in-depth look at how area schools are working to combat the issue of teen homelessness, the lack of housing options and resources available for homeless teens, and how homelessness at a young age affects their mental health. The series also follows the story of a teen who lived with her pastor in Cape Girardeau so she wouldn’t be uprooted from her school.
“This is an example of what public radio news does best by taking a deeper look at issues in our local community,” said KRCU General Manager Dan Woods. “Marissanne’s reporting shed a light on some of the teens and families being impacted by teen homelessness. I am so glad that she was recognized for her work.”
This is KRCU’s fifth Missouri Broadcaster’s Award and Lewis-Thompson’s first award since joining the station in 2015.
KRCU is southeast Missouri’s NPR station broadcasting from the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. It broadcasts at 90.9FM in Cape Girardeau and at 88.9FM-HD in Farmington, Missouri. In addition to airing NPR news programs such as “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered,” KRCU also produces local news and features and broadcasts a variety of music and entertainment programs.