The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) announced today that the WKMS News Documentary “Kentucky Dam – Power for the People” produced by Todd Hatton and Chad Lampe, is a recipient of a 2013 Sigma Delta Chi Award for excellence in journalism.
Todd Hatton is the regular WKMS host of “Morning Edition” in addition to his documentary and reporting work. Chad Lampe is the WKMS News Director and Assistant Station Manager.
Hatton hosts the documentary which is told through voices of the past who lived and worked in the region prior to the dam’s construction. The archival recordings were provided by a Murray State University oral history project conducted in the 1990s.
The WKMS News team collaborated with local experts and includes the voices and expertise of current Kentucky Hydro Electric Dam Manager Bill Stallion, Murray State History Professor Duane Bolin, West Kentucky Community and Technical College Sociology Professor David Nickell, University of Tennessee Economist Larry Bray and Retired University of Kentucky Agriculture Extension Agent for Calloway County Ted Howard.
The special hour-long documentary was underwritten, in part, by Hunter Marine of Nashville and Paducah.
SPJ Judges chose the winners from 1,800 entries in categories covering print, radio, television and online. The awards recognize outstanding work published or broadcast in 2013. The awards recognize the best in professional journalism. The contest is open to any U.S. media outlet.
Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.
Sigma Delta Chi award winners will be honored at an awards banquet on June 20 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.