NET Honored at National Conference

News Release Date: 
July 17, 2018

For Immediate Release           
NET Honored at National Conference

LINCOLN, Neb. (July 17, 2018) – NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, was honored with two national awards during the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated conference in Philadelphia recently.

In the sports feature category, NET won first place for “Nebraska Basketball Referee Has Earned His Stripes.” This radio feature profiles John Higgins of Omaha who is one of the top collegiate basketball referees in the country and has officiated seven NCAA Final Fours and two national championship games. 

In the podcast category, NET took second place for “The PlainStory” which features stories about the history, land, rivers, people and culture of the heartland. 

The annual PRNDI awards ceremony honors the work of local public radio stations across the country and celebrates the work of reporters, editors and producers. NET competes in the division for stations with four to seven full-time news staff members.

“Each year, PRNDI honors outstanding work in public radio and we were thrilled that our stories on behalf of Nebraska were recognized,” said Mark Leonard, NET general manager.

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