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Callie Crossley wins major award for Katrina commentary

Callie Crossley. Photo via WGBH News.

Callie Crossley. Photo via WGBH News.

Congratulations to my WGBH colleague and friend Callie Crossley. Do yourself a favor and click on the link below to hear her award-winning commentary. Press release follows.

BOSTON—WGBH News award-winning journalist Callie Crossley was recognized with top honors in the Commentary category at the Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI) Conference, held recently in St. Louis, Missouri. Each year PRNDI recognizes the best of local public radio news in a wide array of categories. Crossley, host of WGBH News’s Under the Radar, won first place for her story marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina—“Tomorrow Is Not Promised: Life after Hurricane Katrina”—in which she chronicled the lessons learned from her late father after the storm.

“Hearing well informed voices on local and global issues is a goal for WGBH News 89.7,” said Phil Redo, WGBH General Manager for Radio. “This story is yet another example of Callie’s signature voice: thoughtful and powerful. We’re all proud of Callie and I greatly look forward to hearing her thoughts every Monday morning.”

A former producer for ABC News’ 20/20, Crossley is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, guest-lecturing at colleges and universities about media, politics and the intersection of race, gender and media. She also holds two fellowships at Harvard University. Crossley was a producer for Blackside Inc.’s Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, which earned her an Oscar nomination, a National Emmy and the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award. Crossley has earned the Associated Press, Edward R. Murrow and Clarion Awards for writing, producing and hosting.

In addition to hosting Under the Radar, which features stories that are often overlooked by traditional media outlets, Crossley appears weekly on WGBH’s Beat the Press, examining local and national media coverage, and Basic Black, focusing on current events concerning communities of color. She also contributes to national programs including CNN’s Reliable Sources, PBS’s NewsHour and PRI’s The Takeaway.

Under the Radar airs Sundays from 6 to 7 p.m. EDT on 89.7 WGBH. Crossley’s weekly commentaries air Mondays during WGBH’s Morning Edition.

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  1. Good news! Outstanding journalist.

  2. Congratulations!

    If I may add my reaction to the commentary: the concern of Ms. Crossley and her sister about their father’s health reminded me of stories I’ve heard (some involving parental death) in which the speaker seemed to have sensed, with something other than cognition, what was in the offing, and then (understandably) tried to pin it onto facts and logical cause-and-effect relationships using the cognitive mind. What that ends up looking like to me is that the speaker was just unaware that they were picking up on something that already existed separate from the details that later unfolded. I’m not saying this necessarily was what was going on in the scenario in the commentary, but I’m just wanting to put out there the possibility that we humans explain things to ourselves using the tools of understanding that we have, and yet the bigger picture (whether one thinks of it in terms of science or in terms of religion), if we could perceive it better, might look quite different and involve factors that we are just not in the habit of including. I don’t know if this is what people mean when they use the term precognition, but I think it’s somewhat similar.

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