Regional award honors WRVO documentary 'New York in the World'

“New York in the World,” a documentary produced by SUNY Oswego-based WRVO Public Media, has won a 2014 regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association

The association has honored outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Murrow Awards since 1971. Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession of electronic journalism.

Producers of award-winning documentaryThe hourlong “New York in the World,” was produced by Sidsel Overgaard, a nationally recognized public radio reporter and contributor to WRVO; Mark Lavonier, senior producer; and Catherine Loper, director of news and public affairs. The late Garrick Utley, who was a veteran journalist and SUNY Oswego senior fellow and professor of broadcasting and journalism, hosted the show and spent much of last year collaborating on and working to produce the documentary.

“We received the news that WRVO was awarded the Edward R. Murrow Award for ‘New York in the World’ with a mixture of great pride and deep sadness that collaborator and narrator Garrick Utley, one of the most distinguished international journalists of his era, will share the honor posthumously, having succumbed to cancer in February,” General Manager Michael S. Ameigh said.

Ameigh describes “New York in the World” as Utley’s project. The documentary is based on research Utley commissioned as head of the SUNY Levin Institute, which promotes thoughtful engagement and an active response to globalization and its impact on New York state.

“That he invited WRVO to produce the documentary is in itself profoundly gratifying,” Ameigh said.

“New York in the World” shares stories of union workers in Buffalo, fashion designers in New York City and farmers in the Finger Lakes—all talking about how they’ve found a place amid the current economic realities. In this era of globalization, no other state has benefited as much and suffered as much as New York, the documentary said. The documentary chronicles residents’ lives and their futures by examining the bonuses, bailouts and wealth on Wall Street; the remains of once-mighty manufacturing industries littering much of upstate New York; and more.

To hear the documentary or read a transcript, visit

About WRVO Public Media

A non-profit public radio service licensed to the State University of New York and based at SUNY Oswego, the multi-station network serves more than 15 counties of Central and Northern New York from transmitters in Clayton, Oswego, Syracuse, Utica and Watertown. Low-power translators serve Geneva, Hamilton, Ithaca, Norwich and North Watertown.

In addition to regional news and public affairs, WRVO programming features news and analysis from NPR, American Public Media, Public Radio International, BBC and other networks.

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PHOTO: Award-winning team—SUNY Oswego-based WRVO Public Media earned a 2014 regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association for “New York in the World,” a documentary based on research by famed broadcast journalist the late Garrick Utley, who was SUNY Oswego senior fellow and professor of broadcasting and journalism. From left are WRVO news director Catherine Loper, documentary producer Sidsel Overgaard and senior producer Mark Lavonier.

(Posted: Apr 23, 2014)

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