KCLU wins 4 awards for excellence

NPR station honored for bullying special, newswriting

Special Projects Producer John North won awards from the Associated Press Television and Radio Association and California Teachers Association for his documentary “Bullying: Kids In Crisis.”


(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – June 7, 2012) National Public Radio station KCLU is the winner of three awards from the Associated Press Television and Radio Association and one from the California Teachers Association for its news coverage.

Special Projects Producer John North’s documentary “Bullying: Kids In Crisis” was honored for Best Special Program during the 65th Annual APTRA Mark Twain Awards held June 2 at the Pasadena Convention Center. News Director Lance Orozco received the Best Newswriting award for “Four Legged Landscapers,” a story on the use of goats to remove brush in Ventura County. Orozco and Jim Rondeau, director of operations and programming, were honored for “Best Use of a News Website” for KCLU’s local news pages.

KCLU competed in Division II against small market stations in 13 states and won more awards than any other station in the category. The station has won more than 30 APTRA awards in the last decade, the most of any Ventura County broadcast newsroom.

The CTA will present one of 15 prestigious John Swett Awards for Media Excellence to North for “Bullying: Kids in Crisis” on Friday, June 8, in Los Angeles. The competition was open to all publications, websites and television and radio stations in the state and other recipients announced Tuesday include the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Sacramento Bee.

KCLU provides NPR and local news programming in Ventura County at 88.3 FM, in Santa Barbara County at 102.3 FM, and 1340 AM, and online at kclu.org. The station is a community service of California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.