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July 12, 2016
HPR Talk and News Departments Recognized with National and Local Awards

(Honolulu, Hawai‘i) The Association for Women in Communications (AWC) announced yesterday that Hawaiʻi Public Radio has won a 2016 Clarion Award for the weeklong series “Homelessness from the Outside In” produced by the station’s morning talk show “The Conversation.” The Clarions—named for the medieval trumpet known for its clarity—recognize small business, large corporate, nonprofit, agency and government communication specialists internationally who demonstrate excellence in clear and concise communications.
HPR’s homelessness series won a Clarion in the category of Regular Talk Radio. Beth-Ann Kozlovich is HPR’s executive producer of talk shows and, along with Chris Vandercook, serves as co-host of “The Conversation.” The series, which aired in September 2015, brought national perspective to Hawaiʻi’s homelessness problem, with a line-up of guests from across the country, each of the islands’ mayors, local outreach providers, and individuals who brought a cultural perspective on the issue. The series is archived (with audio) on HPRʻs website at

José A. Fajardo, HPR president and general manager, said “We are immensely proud of the work of our local talk programs, which consistently elevate the level of inquiry and discussion on subjects of interest to our community. The constant stream of incoming calls we receive from throughout the state during these live broadcasts tells us that these opportunities we provide for everyday citizens to speak directly with newsmakers are filling a real need.”  
As one of the most prestigious competitions of its kind in the country, the 2016 Clarion competition attracted entries from 24 states and three countries, with entries judged by teams of experts from all aspects of the marketing and communications fields. A complete list of Clarion Award winners this year may be found at

Members of HPR's news staff were also recognized on June 24, 2016 with 2015 Excellence in Journalism Awards from the Hawaii Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). For Radio-General News/Enterprise Reporting, General Assignment Reporter Molly Solomon won a first place award for her series “Hawaiʻi Telescope Conflict.” Judges, who were from the SPJ Colorado Chapter, commented that the series was comprised of “well researched, well-told stories about the conflict between science and heritage. An interesting package of stories from beginning to end.” HPR Political Reporter Wayne Yoshioka’s “Homelessness in Hawaiʻi” story was a finalist in the same category.

Yoshioka won first place in the SPJ-Hawaiʻi Chapter Radio-Feature Reporting category for his story “Pearl Harbor Survivor Recalls Baseball Game and December 7, 1941 Surprise Japanese Attack." Judges called it “a wonderful piece that helps keep the stories of the lives of World War II veterans alive. Well done.” A finalist in the Feature Reporting category was Molly Solomon's “Why Traditional Japanese Altars Are Vanishing with the Times."

Results of the 2015 Excellence in Journalism contest are listed at
About Hawai‘i Public Radio
HPR is a private, non-profit organization which broadcasts classical, jazz, and international music; and in-depth news and informational programming from National Public Radio, American Public Media, Public Radio International, and other local, national, and international program sources, as well as programs produced by Hawai‘i Public Radio. In November 2015, Charity Navigator, the premier charity evaluator, awarded HPR its fourth consecutive four-star rating for exceptional fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. HPR was named one of the 2015 Best Places to Work in Hawaii by Hawaii Business magazine and Best Places Group. In the same year, it was awarded the Cades Schutte - The Cades Foundation Nonprofit Leadership Award, administered by Pacific Business News. The station won two National Edward R. Murrow Awards for its news coverage of the 2014 Pāhoa lava flow, and most recently won a third National Murrow Award for its series on the Thirty Meter Telescope.

HPR’s mission is to serve the entire population of the state of Hawai‘i with two excellent program streams. HPR-1, the news magazine and fine arts stream, can currently be heard on O‘ahu and Kaua‘i (KHPR 88.1 FM and 88.5 FM); Maui, Moloka‘i, and Lana‘i (KKUA 90.7 FM); East Hawai‘i (KANO 91.1 FM (Hilo) and K234AN 94.7 FM (Waimea)); Kauaʻi (K269GD 101.7 FM); and West Hawaiʻi (K239BV 95.7 FM). HPR-2, the news, local talk, and music stream, is found on Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i (KIPM 89.7 FM and KIPH 88.3 FM (Hana)); West Hawai‘i (KIPM 89.7 FM and KHPH 88.7 FM); the newest station in south Hawai‘i (KAHU 91.7 FM); O‘ahu and Kaua‘i (KIPO 89.3 FM; KIPL 89.9 FM). HPR is online and streaming at; as well as on Facebook (FB/hawaiipublicradio), Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms (@WeAreHPR™). Free iOS and Android™ apps for “Hawaii Public Radio” are available for download from the App Store or Google Play™. HPR-1 and HPR-2 may also be heard via cable broadcasts from Oceanic Time Warner (channels 864 and 865) or Hawaiian Telcom TV (channels 661 and 662).
Neighborhoods of residence:
Beth-Ann Kozlovich - East Oʻahu
Molly Solomon - Kaimukī
Wayne Yoshioka - Honolulu
CONTACT:   Phyllis S.K. Look
                     HPR Director of Marketing
                     Direct: (808) 792-8220 / Mobile: (808) 492-8736

PIX attached: (captions) Beth-Ann Kozlovich, Molly Solomon, and Wayne Yoshioka (high resolution version available on request)
Beth-Ann Kozlovich
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon
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