The annual Metcalf Awards for Diversity in Media sponsored by Rhode Island for Community and Justice have been announced. For the third consecutive year, Rhode Island Public Radio has won. This year, RIPR education reporter and Morning Edition host Elisabeth Harrison is a winner. Harrison won for her ongoing series covering minority students in Rhode Island. Other winners include Billy Reynolds, the ProJo’s wonderful sports columnist and one of a very few Ocean State journalists with a well-known national reputation. Reynolds has long been one of the nation’s top basketball writers. Also winning was Elizabeth Rau, a fine former ProJo reporter and fluid feature writer. She won for her work for Rhode Island Monthly. Rau also won last year.
In the Internet category, Rowan Sharp of ecoRINews is a winner. And in the unique category, Welcoming RI & New Flavor Media is the winner. Congratulations to all the winners. The awards will be given out Tuesday, May 14 at a breakfast at 8 a.m. at the Hotel Providence at 139 Mathewson St. in Providence. For ticket information call 401-467-1717.
The Metcalf Awards were established 25 years ago to honor the memory of Michael Metcalf, the publisher of the Providence Journal who died in a tragic bicycle accident. Metcalf was known for his integrity and demand for journalistic excellence.