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Awards

Side Effects reporters have won multiple national, regional and state awards for their health reporting. Check out our award-winning stories below. 

Opioid Addiction Reporting/ Southern Indiana HIV Epidemic

Reporter: Jake Harper, WFYI

Radio In-Depth Reporting - Indiana Society of Professional Journalists 

Best Continuous Coverage of a Single Event - Indiana Associated Press Broadcasters

Notes from judges: “Jake harper's stories on opioid addiction are the clear, authoritative choice of this field. The stories are packed with astonishing insights, like foster care cases having up to nine different case workers. Exceptionally good in-depth work.”

Heroin, Opioid Abuse Put Strain On Foster Care System

Reporter: Jake Harper, WFYI

Best Enterprise Story - Indiana Associated Press Broadcasters

The judges called it "a stellar story (that) shows nuanced understanding of the child welfare system."

A Bullet, a President and an ER 

Reporter: Jake Harper, WFYI

Best Use of Radio Sound - Indiana Associated Press Broadcasters

States Deny Pricey Hepatitis C Drugs To Most Medicaid Patients

Reporter: Jake Harper, WFYI

Best General News, 2nd Place - Indiana Associated Press Broadcasters

Getting Right: HIV Outbreak Spurs Change in Austin, Indiana

Reporters: Jake Harper, WFYI

Photographer: Seth Herald

Best News Series, 2nd Place - Indiana Associated Press Broadcasters

Seizures Triggered By the Fridge Made Life a Daily Struggle

Reporter: Jake Harper, WFYI

Best Feature, 2nd Place - Indiana Associated Press Broadcasters

Shortage in Rich Land: Stories from the Missouri Bootheel

Reporters: Bram Sable-Smith and Kristofor Husted of KBIA

National Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Radio Journalism - Society for Professional Journalists

Edward R. Murrow Award for News Series (Region 5) - Radio Television Digital News Association

Finalist for Best News Series -Missouri Broadcasters Association; Media Award - Missouri Public Health Association

Notes from Judges: “The story was presented in a way that clearly frames the problem for the audience. The use of "nat sound" was "awesome." It's a compelling story, covered many aspects of the problem and saw results. A true "home run."

Overlooked and Underserved in Southwest Missouri

Reporter: Rebecca Smith, KBIA

First place for Best News Series - Missouri Broadcasters Association

1,723 Patients

Reporters: Bram Sable-Smith, Rebecca Smith and Sara Shahriari, KBIA

Oral Health Champion Award