MPR Reporters Honored with Award
(excerpt from the Walker Pilot Newspaper, Walker, MN)
St. Paul—Minnesota Public Radio reporters Tom Robertson and Cara Hetland are seen below with CNN Anchor Campbell Brown receiving the Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Award for “Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The Invisible Disorder” on November 18th in New York City. Their comprehensive radio series on the impact of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome on children who struggle with this condition can be listened to in their entirely by clicking on the following link. The Native American community has an incident rate 600% higher than the national average, which is 30 times higher than whites.
Robertson is a reporter/producer at MPR’s Bemidji bureau where he covers news across north central Minnesota. Previous honors include the Gerald Loeb Award and several Minnesota Page One Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is also a fellow of both the Casey Journalism Center and The Knight Center of the University of Maryland. Cara Hetland is a reporter based out of Sioux Falls.
The Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Awards are the first in the nation to recognize excellence in reporting on substance abuse. They honor Nancy Dickerson Whitehead’s efforts to improve media coverage of drug issues and belief that journalists have a special responsibility to inform and educate the public about complex issues, like drug abuse.
Previous years’ winners include HBO, The New York Times, ABC Nightline, Frontline and NPR.