WDET nabs 12 Society of Professional Journalists awards, including five first-place wins

WDET’s Pat Batcheller, Nargis Rahman and Alex McLenon were among the station’s newsroom staff who won SPJ awards.

From left: WDET "Morning Edition" host Pat Batcheller and WDET reporters Nargis Rahman and Alex McLenon pose with their Society of Professional Journalism Detroit awards.

From left: WDET "Morning Edition" host Pat Batcheller and WDET reporters Nargis Rahman and Alex McLenon received awards at the annual Society of Professional Journalists Detroit awards ceremony on May 15, 2024, at the San Marino Club in Troy, Michigan.

Detroit Public Radio 101.9 WDET won several awards at the Society of Professional Journalism Detroit’s annual ceremony on Wednesday, earning first-place finishes in best newscast, general news reporting, environmental reporting and more.

WDET Morning Edition host Pat Batcheller won first-place in best newscast in radio broadcasting, while WDET All Things Considered host Russ McNamara was the runner-up.

WDET reporter and anchor Quinn Klinefelter won first-place for general news reporting, while former WDET news intern Solina Robles took home top honors for environmental reporting.

See the full list of WDET winners below:

Community/Local News Reporting

WDET News – First Place

Crossing the Lines: Live6


Pat Batcheller – First Place

WDET 5 a.m. newscast for Sept. 15, 2023

Russ McNamara – Second Place

WDET 4:30 p.m. newscast for Oct. 6, 2023

General News Reporting

Quinn Klinefelter – First Place

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s polarizing legacy lingers 10 years after conviction

Environment Reporting

Solina Robles – First Place

Project aims to restore wildlife habitats at Palmer Park

Laura Herberg – Second Place

CuriosiD: How do you catch fish in the Detroit River? And are they safe to eat?

News/Public Affairs (regular scheduled programs)

Stephen Henderson, Sam Corey, Nick Austin, Maddie Boyer, Adam Fox, David Leins – First Place

Detroit Today: Reckoning with the construction and rebuild of I-375

Breaking News/Spot News Reporting

Nargis Rahman – Third Place

Whitmer asks Biden administration for update on Michigan residents stuck in Gaza

Feature Reporting

Nargis Rahman – Third Place

Thabaat in Warren creating alternative spaces for young professionals to network

Sports Reporting

Quinn Klinefelter – Second Place

The Detroit Lions have struggled years. Fans now have something to be thankful for

Alex McLenon – Third Place

Detroit Grand Prix’s return to downtown draws new fans, but drivers have concerns

Ryan Patrick Hooper – Fourth Place

Miguel Cabrera steps up to bat one last time

SPJ Detroit’s Excellence in Journalism banquet honors the best journalists in Southeast Michigan working in radio, television, print and digital news.

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