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On September 14, 2015, HPR launched a weeklong series bringing national perspective to our state’s homelessness problem. On the talk program The Conversation (airing on HPR-2, weekdays from 8 to 9 a.m.), guests who have addressed the issue in their own cities, as well as across the country, offered context and comment on Hawaiʻi’s current status. They included such national speakers as Matthew Doherty, executive director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness; Dr. Sam Tsemberis, founder and CEO of Pathways to Housing; Nan Roman, president and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness; and Jennifer Ho, senior advisor for housing and services to HUD Secretary Julián Castro. Each of the islands’ four mayors (Alan Arakawa, Maui County; Kirk Caldwell, City & County of Honolulu; Bernard Carvalho, Kauaʻi County; and Billy Kenoi, Hawaiʻi County), as well as Scott Morishige, Hawaiʻi state coordinator on homelessness, were also been invited to speak of their offices’ respective efforts. Additionally, The Conversation explored how homelessness affects Honolulu’s arts and culture community. HPR’s weekly public affairs forum Town Square (HPR-2, Thursday from 5 – 6 p.m.) presented a roundtable of three representatives from Oʻahu’s top homeless outreach providers: Greg Payton, chair, Partners in Care; Sheila Beckham, chief executive officer, Waikiki Health; and Scott Fuji, interim executive director of PHOCUSED. As it is most weeks, the show was broadcast live and listeners’ calls are included in the archived audio.

HPR Talk and News Departments Recognized with National and Local Awards

The Association for Women in Communications (AWC) announced yesterday that Hawai?i Public Radio has won a 2016 Clarion Award for the weeklong series “Homelessness from the Outside In” produced by the station’s morning talk show “The Conversation.” The Clarions—named for the medieval trumpet known for its clarity—recognize small business, large corporate, nonprofit, agency and government communication specialists internationally who demonstrate excellence in clear and concise communications.
 
HPR’s homelessness series won a Clarion in the category of Regular Talk Radio. Beth-Ann Kozlovich is HPR’s executive producer of talk shows and, along with Chris Vandercook, serves as co-host of “The Conversation.” The series, which aired in September 2015, brought national perspective to Hawai?i’s homelessness problem, with a line-up of guests from across the country, each of the islands’ mayors, local outreach providers, and individuals who brought a cultural perspective on the issue. The series is archived (with audio) on HPR?s website at http://hawaiipublicradio.org/topic/homelessness-series.

José A. Fajardo, HPR president and general manager, said “We are immensely proud of the work of our local talk programs, which consistently elevate the level of inquiry and discussion on subjects of interest to our community. The constant stream of incoming calls we receive from throughout the state during these live broadcasts tells us that these opportunities we provide for everyday citizens to speak directly with newsmakers are filling a real need.”  
 
As one of the most prestigious competitions of its kind in the country, the 2016 Clarion competition attracted entries from 24 states and three countries, with entries judged by teams of experts from all aspects of the marketing and communications fields. A complete list of Clarion Award winners this year may be found at http://bit.ly/291CmwH.

Members of HPR's news staff were also recognized on June 24, 2016 with 2015 Excellence in Journalism Awards from the Hawaii Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). For Radio-General News/Enterprise Reporting, General Assignment Reporter Molly Solomon won a first place award for her series “Hawai?i Telescope Conflict.” Judges, who were from the SPJ Colorado Chapter, commented that the series was comprised of “well researched, well-told stories about the conflict between science and heritage. An interesting package of stories from beginning to end.” HPR Political Reporter Wayne Yoshioka’s “Homelessness in Hawai?i” story was a finalist in the same category.

Yoshioka won first place in the SPJ-Hawai?i Chapter Radio-Feature Reporting category for his story “Pearl Harbor Survivor Recalls Baseball Game and December 7, 1941 Surprise Japanese Attack." Judges called it “a wonderful piece that helps keep the stories of the lives of World War II veterans alive. Well done.” A finalist in the Feature Reporting category was Molly Solomon's “Why Traditional Japanese Altars Are Vanishing with the Times."

Results of the 2015 Excellence in Journalism contest are listed at http://hawaiispj.org/Awards/2015contest.htm.

Read original press release here.

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