Storee Powell continued her winning streak at the Society of Professional Journalist’s national competition on May 3. The Utah State University senior was named a national finalist for her radio news reporting at Utah Public Radio, capturing the school’s first national SPJ award since 2005. At the regional conference in April, Powell received four Mark of Excellence Awards for her work online for the Hard News Cafe and in radio broadcast, including two first place honors which automatically qualified her for the national competition. Her story, Circle the Wagons, told of one woman’s struggle to find a greater purpose after her husband was shot and killed in Salt Lake City. The story won first place for radio news reporting and was a runner-up at the national competition.
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