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San Francisco, CA — QUEST, KQED’s multimedia science series, won several prestigious science reporting awards in 2012.
Most noteworthy, on November 14, QUEST won an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Kavli Journalism Award for the second year in a row. The winning television segment, “Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct: Big Fixes for Big Quakes,” was produced by Sheraz Sadiq and investigated the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s $4.6 billion, decade-long construction project to overhaul the Hetch Hetchy water system which delivers water from the Hetch Hetchy reservoir in Yosemite National Park and five local reservoirs to 2.5 million residents in the Bay Area. Guy Gugliotta, a freelance science writer and former science writer for the Washington Post who helped judge the contest, called the KQED broadcast “a comprehensive look at the vulnerability of the water supply in the San Francisco Bay Area — something that should concern every resident.” He praised the “fascinating use of historical footage, outstanding engineering footage and graphics” to tell the tale. The AAAS awards will be presented in conjunction with the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting held at historic Fenway Park in Boston on February 15, 2013.
QUEST’s Hetch Hetchy television segment also won a Northern California Emmy Award on June 9 in the Informal/Instructional-Feature/Segment category. Complete credits for this segment are: Sheraz Sadiq, segment producer; Michael Goode, associate producer; Linda Peckham, editor; Amy Miller, series producer; Paul Rogers, managing editor.
QUEST also won two Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Northern California Chapter, Excellence in Journalism Awards on October 1 for two of its television segments. “Airborne Wind Energy,” a segment exploring the potential of wind energy, produced by Christopher Bauer with Josh Cassidy associate producer, Amy Miller series producer and Paul Rogers managing editor, won in the Explanatory Journalism(TV/video non-daily) category. “Millie Hughes-Fulford: Scientist in Space,” a segment produced by Gabriela Quiros that explores the potential human benefits derived from research conducted by the first woman to travel into space as a working scientist won in the Feature Storytelling (TV/video non-daily) category. In addition, QUEST radio reporter Lauren Sommer won an SPJ award for the multimedia series “Water and Power” in the Explanatory Journalism (multi-media-daily) category. The series explores the relationship between water and power and the policies required to manage both. Other KQED radio staff also won SPJ awards for their contributions to this series. They include Dan Brekke, Craig Miller, Molly Samuel and Lisa Pickoff-White.
On December 27 Amy Standen radio reporter, Andrea Kissack senior radio editor and Paul Rogers managing editor were also the recipients of the Radio -Television News Directors Association of Northern California Award in the “Feature Reporting – Serious” category for their report on “Diversity in Silicon Valley” which looks at a program called NewME, or New Media Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley designed to encourage women and minorities to found technology companies. The radio report interviewed seven participants from around the country who shared a house in San Francisco for three months, received coaching on their business plans and attempted to perfect the art of the pitch.
QUEST also enjoyed the results of its multistation partner collaboration with an award for the “Best Online Video Series” from the BLUE Ocean Film Festival in Monterey (September 24-30) for its Science on the SPOT series. The winning online video entries featured two videos produced last year for the pilot phase of the QUEST Beyond Local project – Soundwaves: Listening to Orcas by KCTS 9 Seattle and Rendezvous with a Horseshoe Crab by WHYY Philadelphia. It also featured QUEST Northern California’s Marine Sanctuary Patrol Flight by KQED San Francisco. Craig Rosa is Science on the SPOT’s senior interactive producer.
Launched in February 2007, QUEST is KQED’s largest multimedia project to date. Since its inception, QUEST has reached more than 60 million viewers and listeners through its traditional television and radio broadcasts and growing Web audience. QUEST’s ultimate aim is to raise science literacy throughout the Bay Area and beyond, inspiring audiences to discover and explore the latest science and environmental news, trends and issues. In addition to continued support for QUEST from the National Science Foundation, funding for KQED’s science education and reporting is provided by the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the Mary Van Voorhees Fund, the Follis Family Fund, the David B. Gold Foundation, the Dirk and Charlene Kabcenell Foundation, the Vadasz Family Foundation, the Wyncote Foundation, the Amgen Foundation and the George G. and Jeanette A. Stuart Charitable Trust, and the members of KQED.
KQED (kqed.org) has served Northern California for more than 50 years and is affiliated with NPR and PBS. KQED owns and operates public television stations KQED 9 (San Francisco/Bay Area), KQED Plus (San Jose/Bay Area) and KQET 25 (Watsonville/Monterey); KQED Public Radio (88.5 FM San Francisco and 89.3 FM Sacramento); the interactive platforms kqed.org and KQEDnews.org; and KQED Education. KQED Public Television is the producer of local and national series such as QUEST; Check, Please! Bay Area; This Week in Northern California; Truly CA and Essential Pépin. KQED’s digital television stations include KQED 9, KQED Plus, KQED Life, KQED World, KQED Kids and KQED V-me, and are available 24/7 on Comcast. KQED Public Radio, home of Forum, KQED News and The California Report, is one of the most-listened-to public radio stations in the nation with an award-winning news and public affairs program service delivering more than eighteen local weekday newscasts and news features. KQED Interactive provides KQED’s cross-platform news service KQEDnews.org, as well as several popular local blogs, video and audio podcasts and a live radio stream at kqed.org. KQED Education brings the impact of KQED to thousands of teachers, students, parents and the general public through workshops, community screenings and multimedia resources.