Journalism Students Make Strong Showing at KBA Impact Broadcast Awards

UK students placed in six of the nine college TV categories for the  2021 Impact Broadcast Awards.
UK students placed in six of the nine college TV categories for the Impact Broadcast Awards.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 15, 2021) — In a challenging year of delivering the news while masked, distanced and remote, students in the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information’s School of Journalism and Media proved that they were willing and able to rise to the challenge.

In a virtual awards ceremony held on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, the Kentucky Broadcaster’s Association presented the 2021 Impact Broadcast Awards. The annual awards were formerly known as the Kentucky Associated Press Broadcast Awards.

UK students placed in six of the nine college TV categories awarded and earned a total of seven awards including one first place, four second place and two third place awards in the College TV category. UK also scored a first place award in the College Radio category.

The winning UK entries are:

  • Feature Story: First, Zach Epperson, "Underground Railroad"
  • Public Affairs: Second, Brandon Jent, "Voting in Fayette County"
  • Sports Coverage: Second, Hayden Gooding, "Special Olympics"
  • News Story: Third, Alaina Kwan, "Medical Waste Management"
  • Television Reporter: Second, Brandon Jent; Third, Alaina Kwan
  • Overall Newscast: Second
  • Public Affairs College Radio: First, Lauren McCally and Andrew Sutherland, "Campus Voices — The Keto Diet"

Andrew Dawson, lecturer in the School of Journalism and Media, directs the student news broadcasts.

"Our students never cease to amaze me with their hard work and dedication to learning the craft of journalism. It is especially rewarding seeing them shine in such uncertain and difficult times. They continue to take instruction, learn and go out and make all of us in the school proud,” Dawson said.

The full list of KBA Impact Broadcast Awards can be found at

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