WDET Receives 21 Excellence in Journalism Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists

The awards recognize coverage ranging from COVID-19 updates, to documenting protests against police brutality, to providing critical election and census information and a wide breadth of cultural coverage.

WDET has received 21 Excellence in Journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists Detroit Chapter.

The awards recognize coverage including COVID-19 updates, documenting protests against police brutality, providing critical election information, and sharing Detroit’s stories through a wide breadth of cultural coverage.

Community/Local News Reporting

Second Place: “Highland Park Residents Knock on Doors to Get People to Fill Out the Census” — Laura Herberg
Third Place:  “Grassroots Muslim Volunteer Effort Delivers Food to Metro Detroiters Doorsteps” — Laura Herberg

Consumer/Watchdog/Investigative Reporting

First Place: 2020 Voter Information Center — WDET

Education Reporting

Second Place: “Home For Weeks, Families Adjust to New Reality” — Laura Herberg, Sascha Raiyn

Environment Reporting

First Place: “Metro Detroit Reacts to ‘Green Ooze’ Contaminant With Humor, Concern” — Laura Herberg, Russ McNamara

Feature Reporting

Second Place: “The Art of Losing Someone” — Ryan Patrick Hooper

General News Reporting

Second Place: “The DIA Millage Is Up For Renewal. Here’s What Students, Seniors Who Benefit Think” — Laura Herberg
Third Place: “Tlaib vs. Jones: 13th Congressional Primary Pits ‘Squad’ Member Against City Council President” — Quinn Klinefelter
Fourth Place: “For Michigan Voters, Historic Election Is About the Man In the White House” — Quinn Klinefelter

Health Reporting

First Place: COVID Survivors Series — Laura Herberg
Second Place: “Homeless During COVID-19: ‘I Wash My Hands If I Can Find Water. I Don’t Want to Die.'” — Laura Herberg

News Special and Documentary

Second Place: Whitmer Kidnapping Plot Special — WDET News


First Place: WDET News 6 a.m. 3/11/20 — Pat Batcheller
Second Place: WDET News 5 a.m. 6/1/20 — Pat Batcheller
Third Place: WDET News 5 a.m. 7/24/20 — Pat Batcheller

Racial Justice Reporting

Second Place: “‘Kneel With Us’: Four Nights In, Detroit Protestors, Police Fight For Narrative” — Eli Newman

Sports Reporting

Second Place: “Tigers Enter Spring Training With High Expectations for 2020” — Pat Batcheller

Spot or Breaking News Coverage

Second Place: Plot Discovered to Kidnap Governor Whitmer — WDET News

Digital Media Presentation

First Place: COVID Diaries — David Leins, Shiraz Ahmed, Meta Stange
Fourth Place: 2020 Voter Information Center — WDET

Engagement Driven Coverage

Third Place: As Census Wraps, These Michigan Women Won’t Let Their Communities Go Uncounted” — Sascha Raiyn, Nargis Rahman, Shiraz Ahmed

Social Media Strategy

Third Place: Great Lakes Now Facebook Watch Parties — Detroit Public Television with Annamarie Sysling

WDET Wins 10 Awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters
WDET Wins 15 Awards from the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors


  • Meta Stange is the Digital Content and Engagement Manager for 101.9 WDET, overseeing the station's digital editorial content. She enjoys reading, making bad jokes, and hanging out with her dog, Salmon.