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Rachel Katz and WWFM's Views and Voices Awarded for Excellence


West Windsor, NJ: WWFM The Classical Network at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) recently received two awards for its “Views and Voices” public affairs show, produced and hosted by Rachel Katz of Plainsboro.

Katz received the first and second place “2009 Excellence in Journalism” awards from the New Jersey chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in the Radio Enterprise category. Both shows were part of Katz’s ongoing series that examines the effects of the economy on different aspects of the region.

The first place award was for a Jan. 24, 2009 “Arts and the Economy” roundtable discussion about how arts organizations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania are dealing with the weak economy and how some are finding innovative ways to grow and thrive. Participants were Peggy Amsterdam, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance (who passed away last December); Cynthia Lambert, executive director of the South Jersey Cultural Alliance; and Anne LaBate, chair of the Arts and Business Council of Greater Trenton.

The second place award was for a July 11, 2009 program about how nonprofit organizations are coping with today’s economy, and redefining their strategies to adapt. Interviewed were Elaine Weinberg of MCCC’s Center for Training and Development, which offers programs for nonprofit organizations; Linda Czipo, executive director of the Center for Non-Profits; and Mark Valli, chairman of the Center for Non-Profits.

Katz spent more than a decade in print journalism, including positions at The Connecticut Post and Bloomberg News, where she frequently appeared as a guest on Bloomberg Television and Bloomberg Radio to discuss breaking news about major U.S. retailers. She also spent three years as a freelance reporter in St. Petersburg, Russia. She has worked at The Classical Network for more than three years.

“Views and Voices,” which first aired in December 2007, can be heard on WWFM Saturdays at 7 p.m. The show took first place from the New Jersey chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in the same category in 2007, and also earned first place for talk radio in the 2009 Garden State Journalists Memorial Awards. The programs of Views and Voices are archived online at the radio station’s website, wwfm.org. Information about the Society of Professional Journalists is available online at www.njspj.org.

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